Blue Ribbon panel touring Savannah River Site

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) -- A federal panel appointed by President Barack Obama to examine U.S. nuclear waste policies is visiting a former nuclear weapons complex in South Carolina.

The 15-member Blue Ribbon Commission is meeting Thursday at the Savannah River Site near Aiken. Officials are touring the 310-square-mile site to examine facilities for treating, packaging and storing used nuclear fuel and waste.

Savannah River once produced plutonium and tritium for atomic bombs. Work there is now focused mostly on research and cleaning up areas of the site contaminated during weapons production.

The commission has been meeting at nuclear sites around the country. Commissioners are holding a public meeting in nearby Augusta, Ga., the day after they tour Savannah River.

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