The Department of Energy has promised to continue construction of the Savannah River Site’s MOX facility through the end of the fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30.


The news came from a press release sent from the office of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R–S.C.


Graham said he spoke with DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz Monday night and that Moniz promised to continue construction of the facility and also promised zero related layoffs.


“In the short term, this decision will save thousands of jobs. However, there is still a long, arduous fight ahead,” Graham wrote in the press release. “The Secretary’s announcement does not change the fact the President’s FY15 budget submission to Congress places the MOX program in cold standby.”


Graham’s office also reported that DOE should be releasing the results of a study of plutonium disposition alternatives later today.


The Aiken Standard will have more on the issue in tomorrow’s paper.


Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @ DerrekAsberry.