Supreme Court lets US stop work on $8B SC nuclear fuel plant

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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2007, file photo, construction crews work on early stages of a new mixed oxide fuel, or MOX fabrication facility at the Savannah River nuclear complex near Aiken, S.C. The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear South Carolina’s appeal of a ruling allowing the federal government to shut down the under construction nuclear fuel facility in the state. The justices refused to hear the case without comment on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. A federal appeals court ruled in October 2018 the U.S. Energy Department could stop work on the multi-billion dollar plant at the Savannah River Site near Aiken. (Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP, File)

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has shut down South Carolina's attempt to complete a nuclear fuel facility.

The justices declined on Tuesday to hear the state's appeal of a ruling allowing the federal government to stop construction.

The government has already spent $8 billion on the plant, under construction at the Savannah River Site near Aiken.

The U.S. Energy Department has said it should cut its losses because the plant is over budget and decades away from completion.

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A federal appeals court ruled last October that the department could stop construction.

The Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility would have taken plutonium used in nuclear weapons and processed it into nuclear plant fuel.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says the government is still obligated to remove plutonium from the site somehow.

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