As of now, the U.S. Department of Energy owes the State of South Carolina $1 million a day for not keeping promises made when the Savannah River Site became the de facto plutonium storage respository for the nation more than a decade ago. The promise of such payments were made when then-Gov. Jim Hodges opposed federal plans to bring 34 metric tons of the radioactive element to Aiken County for what was described as short-term storage. The plan was to mix the plutonium with commercial nuclear fuel through the MOX process. Delays in the construction of the MOX facility and funding cuts over the years made meeting the just-passed deadline all but impossible.
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