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May 3, 2012

DHEC reacts to Nuclear Regulatory Commission report on SRS facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is looking forward to cooperating with its federal partners in the wake of a report on a Savannah River Site facility, the agency announced today.

"We stand by ready to work with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy to resolve concerns raised in the NRC's report on SRS's Saltstone Disposal Facility," DHEC Director Catherine Templeton said. "We've seen the report and we've already begun a careful consideration of the issues. We'll evaluate any specific recommendations that might arise from resolution of the NRC concerns."

DHEC is charged with regulatory oversight of the Saltstone Disposal Facility. The NRC monitors the Saltstone Disposal Facility, in coordination with DHEC, under the 2005 National Defense Authorization Act.

Templeton said DHEC requires ongoing monitoring at Saltstone through a network of groundwater wells. If groundwater contamination is determined at the Saltstone Disposal Facility in the future, DHEC has the ability to require cleanup if necessary.


Note to editors and reporters: The NRC's report on the facility is available here (pdf).

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