AIKEN, S.C. — U.S. Energy Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has joined in a groundbreaking ceremony for a liquid waste disposal unit at the Savannah River Site.

The groundbreaking for the second 32 million-gallon liquid waste disposal unit took place on Thursday.

A news release from the agency said the facility is a permanent disposal unit for low-activity waste grout produced from solidification of decontaminated non-hazardous salt waste at the site. The unit is larger than the smaller units on site and will accommodate the larger stream of decontaminated salt solution.

The mega-volume SDUs are more than 10 times larger than the smaller units on site and will accommodate the larger stream of decontaminated salt solution from the Salt Waste Processing Facility when operational.

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