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Chem-Nuclear Site

Barnwell County, South Carolina

Picture of Radioactive Waste Container


The Chem-Nuclear Site is a Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility located in Barnwell County near the town of Snelling. The facility occupies about 235 acres deeded to the state of South Carolina by Chem-Nuclear Systems (CNS). Disposal of waste began at the facility in 1971 and Chem-Nuclear Systems (CNS), currently owned by Energy Solutions, has been the sole operator since that time.

The Chem-Nuclear Site operates under a Radioactive Materials License issued by the Infectious and Radioactive Waste Management Section within DHECís Bureau of Land and Waste Management. Since July 2008, the Chem-Nuclear Site only accepts waste from the three member states of the Atlantic Compact Connecticut, New Jersey and South Carolina.

The Chem-Nuclear Site has a routine groundwater and surface water monitoring program. Groundwater samples are collected from monitoringwells and from locations in nearby Maryís Branch Creek four times each year. The information gathered is used to evaluate changes in contaminant concentrations within the existing groundwater plume. The groundwater plume contains tritium (a radioactive form of hydrogen) and some volatile organic compounds or VOCís (chemicals that evaporate readily when exposed to air and are widely used to clean things).


Publications and Data

Annual Update Newsletter Groundwater Plume Map
2013 2013
2012 2012
2011 2011
2010 2010
Trend Analysis Five Year Trend Graph
2013 2013
2012 2012
2011 2011
2010 2010

South Carolina Radioactive Materials License #097
Radioactive Materials License issued to Chem-Nuclear Systems, LLC as operator of the Barnwell Waste Management Facility.

Related links

Atlantic Compact Commission

SC Budget and Control Board's Energy Office, Radioactive Waste Disposal Program

Contact Information

For more information or if you have questions about this facility, please contact:

Susan Jenkins (803) 898-0377
Jennifer Hughes (803) 641-7670
Kim Newell (803) 641-7670

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For more information please contact the Bureau of Land & Waste Management at (803) 898-2000 or visit our offices (note new location).