COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – The construction license has been pulled for the MOX project at the Savannah River Site.
The decade-long project is designed to turn weapons-grade plutonium into commercial reactor fuel.
It was part of an agreement between the United States and Russia to destroy materials no longer necessary in the post-cold war era.
The project, so far, has cost taxpayers billions of dollars and would continue to cost billions more to complete.
A court decision last fall allowed the Department of Energy to bring the project to a halt.
With the license pulled, it means there is no way the project can begin again without first going through a lengthy application process.
State leaders hoped to keep the project going, saying it would create thousands of jobs. But after the court’s decision last year, those currently employed started to get laid off.
Plutonium from the site has been shipped to Nevada against the state’s hesitation.