March 29, 1990 |
Two vital components of the nation's crippled nuclear weapons production complex will resume operating before the end of this year, Energy Secretary James D. Watkins told Congress Wednesday. The projected timetable, which Watkins admitted is "ambitious," aroused skepticism from some members of the House Armed Services defense nuclear subcommittee, who also expressed concern that the expedited schedule might give short shrift to safety concerns.
December 30, 1988 |
The Energy Department is resisting pressure from the defense community to immediately restart its troubled weapons reactors at Savannah River as a signal that the United States will not allow its military preparedness to erode, according to Energy Secretary John S. Herrington.
December 7, 1988 |
The Energy Department announced Tuesday that national security concerns will require the restart of one of its nuclear-weapons reactors at the Savannah River Plant in South Carolina before long-term safety improvements have been completed. The government's three production reactors, all at Savannah River, have been shut down for nearly nine months because of concerns about their safety.
December 14, 1988 |
An independent panel of safety experts advising the Energy Department declined Tuesday to endorse the agency's plan for restarting its nuclear weapons production reactors at the Savannah River Plant in South Carolina, saying that the detailed plan failed to explain adequately how a number of safety issues will be resolved.
December 16, 1988 |
Engineers have discovered new cracks in a cooling pipe in one of the government's nuclear weapons reactors in South Carolina, the most serious structural problem yet identified in the aging reactors, according to Reagan Administration officials and other sources. The cracks affect the main cooling system of the L-reactor, one of three reactors at the Savannah River Plant near Aiken.
December 5, 1988
The Savannah River Plant, the nation's sole source of a critical nuclear weapons component, may not reopen until the end of 1989, months later than the Energy Department projected, it was reported. The later-than-projected restart is because of delays in implementing a department plan to overhaul training, safety, inspection, management and other operations at the plant, the New York Times reported.