Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:42:31 GMT — COLUMBIA (WACH\AP) -- Two of South Carolinas Republican Senators and a House Representative, want the stateâ??s Attorney General to explore legal options to stop President Obama's plan to put the Mixed Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) on standby. In a letter addressed to Governor Nikki Haley U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson asked Haley to work with Attorney General Alan Wilson "to address the injustice". A spokesperson for the Attorney Generalâ??s office tells WACH Fox that "The Attorney General's Office will examine all possible avenues for legal action should the need for action be necessary". President Obama's proposed fiscal 2015 budget sent to Congress puts the MOX project at the Savannah River Site near Aiken on "cold standby" while officials evaluate alternative ways to dispose of plutonium. The MOX project would be the first of its kind in the United States to create fuel from weapons-grade plutonium and represents an international nonproliferation effort.
Construction began in 2007, but the project has had years of delays as its costs have risen. Last year, the Government Accountability Office said MOX was more than three years behind its 2016 completion deadline and at least $3 billion over budget.