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      Feds: Plans to mothball MOX plant on hold

      The federal government's plans to mothball a nuclear fuel project at the Savannah River Site are on hold -- for now.
      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The federal government's plans to mothball a nuclear fuel project at the Savannah River Site are on hold -- for now.

      Officials with the National Nuclear Security Administration said Tuesday that work will continue at the mixed-oxide fuel plant through the fiscal year that ends September 30.

      The Obama administration has proposed suspending the project, saying the project known as MOX is too expensive and that another method needs to be found to dispose of the plutonium.

      South Carolina is suing the U.S. Energy Department to keep the government from withdrawing funding from the multi-billion dollar program to turn weapons-grade plutonium into commercial reactor fuel.

      Gov. Nikki Haley has said that the closure of the MOX project would harm an international nonproliferation agreement and eliminate hundreds of jobs.