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Open the Savannah River Site nuclear reactor fuel project

Two of the Democrats seeking to challenge U.S. Sen. Tim Scott pledged Thursday to work toward completing and keeping open a multibillion-dollar nuclear reactor fuel project at Savannah River Site, saying they wouldn't support the Obama administration's plans to shutter the facility. At a televised debate, both Joyce Dickerson and Harry Pavilack said the mixed-oxide fuel project needed to proceed because of the jobs it would bring to the state.

"In South Carolina, we are badly in need of jobs," said Dickerson. "Yes, I would be working very hard, and I would not do anything to halt it." That stance is the same as one taken by many Republicans in South Carolina, including Gov. Nikki Haley.

Part of a US-Russia nonproliferation agreement to dispose of weapons-grade plutonium, the plant has been slow to attract customers for the commercial reactor fuel it will produce. It is more than three years behind its 2016 completion deadline and is billions of dollars over budget.

Source: Augusta Chronicle on 2014 South Carolina Senate race , May 29, 2014

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