Supreme Court lets US stop work on $8B SC nuclear fuel plant
FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2007, file photo, construction crews work on early stages of a new mixed oxide fuel, or MOX fabrication facility at the Savannah River nuclear complex near Aiken, S.C. The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear South Carolina's appeal of a ruling allowing the federal government to shut down the under construction nuclear fuel facility in the state. The justices refused to hear the case without comment on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. A federal appeals court ruled in October 2018 the U.S. Energy Department could stop work on the multi-billion dollar plant at the Savannah River Site near Aiken. (Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP, File)
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The federal government does not have to restart construction on a nuclear fuel facility in South Carolina that it abandoned after spending nearly $8 billion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
The justices refused without comment to hear South Carolina’s appeal of a lower court decision last October that allowed the U.S. Energy Department to stop building the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site near Aiken.
Work on the plant started nearly two decades ago. Its goal was to take plutonium used in nuclear weapons built during the Cold War and convert it into a fuel called MOX to run nuclear plants around the world.