The local citizens group Don’t Waste Aiken will host a presentation on Thursday that outlines the possible consequences of the Savannah River Site becoming a dumping ground for spent nuclear fuel.
The presentation will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Aiken Municipal Building on Park Avenue. It will feature speaker Robert Alvarez, a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct professor at the Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Alvarez was also a senior policy adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Energy from 1993 to 1999.
SRS is one of many sites with some level of interest in temporary storage facilities being constructed.
The permanent home of the nation’s spent nuclear fuel has been in limbo since President Barack Obama euthanized the Yucca Mountain repository in his first term.
More than 75,000 tons of nuclear waste were to be buried deep inside a Nevada mountain. In the wake of the decision to close Yucca, a Blue-Ribbon Commission formed. It suggested interim storage sites could safely be used to store the materials until a permanent solution was found.
For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DontWasteAiken.