Senators voice MOX support to White House

photo The Mox Plant.

Republican senators from Georgia and South Carolina have called on the Obama administration to continue funding a program to turn weapons-grade plutonium into commercial nuclear reactor fuel, saying that slowing or ending the project would harm international and domestic relationships.

Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of South Carolina and Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson of Georgia wrote in a letter sent this week to President Obama that efforts to slow funding for the mixed oxide, or MOX, fuel program could hurt both states' relationships with the federal government.

"Your decision violates the commitments that were made to South Carolina and jeopardizes a 60-year partnership between the Savannah River Site and the state," the senators wrote.