By Derrek Asberry
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., expressed his support of MOX and the Savannah River Site's security efforts during his trip to the site on Wednesday.
Scott visited the site as part of his multiple-county tour of the state this week. The senator is speaking in 10 counties throughout the state in a three-day period, with today marking his last stops in Edgefield and Saluda counties.
As Scott stated during the meeting, part of Savannah River's responsibility is ensuring that MOX progresses toward completion. The senator showed his support of MOX by outlining its importance to SRS, with another emphasis on the country's agreement to Russia.
"MOX is an important part of the equation when understanding our agreement with Russia," Scott said. "As we continue to watch the process of the MOX facility being constructed and finished, we have great aspirations and hope that it will have multiple uses in the future."
Scott also spoke about federal funding of Savannah River Site, the commitment that the United States has made to Russia to dispose of the plutonium that is currently housed on the Site, and the commitment that the federal government has made to the state of South Carolina. He stressed the nations' efforts to meet these responsibilities en route to expressing his full support of the Site.
"We understand the impact of some of the funding scenarios outlined by the federal government, and we should be concerned," he said. "With that funding in place, I think we'll meet the objectives of the U.S.-Russian agreement, and we'll also be in a position to see more happen to keep our country safe because of this facility."