The U.S. Department of Energy is looking into how the novel coronavirus pandemic has affected various nuclear cleanup ventures, including the Savannah River Site’s multibillion-dollar, in-the-works Salt Waste Processing Facility.

Savannah River Site officials are, further, evaluating “potential project and regulatory impacts” in the wake of the site’s dramatic dialing down of work – the pivot to essential mission-critical operations – weeks ago, a spokesperson told the Aiken Standard Friday afternoon.

No regulatory milestones, the spokesperson noted, have been missed because of the site’s paring back, which lined up with stay-at-home orders issued by Republican Govs. Henry McMaster of South Carolina and Brian Kemp of Georgia. Roughly one-third of the SRS workforce lives in Georgia.

Before the novel coronavirus

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