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5/17/2017 12:02:30 PM

Several American newspapers are reporting that the first shipment of liquid nuclear waste from Chalk River Laboratories has arrived at its destination in South Carolina. A report in the Aiken Standard says once the shipment arrived, a nuclear inspection team reported finding a "hotspot" in special shielding that the facility uses to protect workers at the Savannah River site. In an email, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Energy applauded the efforts of workers at the site who found the hot spot of radiation and handled it promptly and efficiently.   He says workers and the facility were never in any danger, and the lead container that had the breach was taken out of service. The timing of and the routes used for the shipments from Chalk River to Aiken South Carolina are highly guarded secrets, given the security concerns with them. The shipments were given the green light to proceed after a lawsuit filed by several environmental groups failed in federal court.    

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