COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – President Trump met with elected officials from South Carolina on Thursday to discuss the MOX Project at the Savannah River Site.
The decade-long project is designed to turn weapon-grade plutonium into commercial reactor fuel.
That project was part of an agreement between the United States and Russia to destroy materials no longer necessary in the post cold war era.
Senators Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham, and Governor McMaster were among those at the meeting with President Trump.
“We wanted to make sure that we made very clear that keeping weapons-grade plutonium in South Carolina is a non-starter,” said Sen. Scott. “Bottom line, we need to figure out how to make this energy either commercially viable or get it out of South Carolina. We had a very productive conversation with the president. We are very hopeful that he is listening to our concerns and that we will hear better direction in the next few weeks.”
The project has cost taxpayers billions and would cost billions more to complete.
A recent court decision allows the department of energy to bring it to a halt.
State leaders hope to keep the project going, saying it would create thousands of jobs.