COLUMBIA, South Carolina — A former U.S. Energy Secretary wants the U.S. Senate's top Democrat to push the Obama administration to keep alive a South Carolina project to turn weapons-grade materials into commercial nuclear reactor fuel.
Richardson was secretary when the countries agreed to dispose of 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium. Officials say that amount is equal to 17,000 warheads.
The project known as MOX is billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule. But Richardson says several reports proposing an alternative method to dealing with the plutonium were "made-to-order" by opponents of the project.
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