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Secretary Brouillette and South Carolina Officials Announce Historic Agreement Between the Trump Administration and the State of South Carolina

Gerald Scroop

September 6, 2020

Columbia, S.C. – Today, Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette joined Attorney General Alan Wilson at the South Carolina State House to announce a historic settlement between the Trump Administration and the State of South Carolina on the removal of 9.5 metric tons of plutonium from the state. This settlement is the conclusion of years of litigation, which began during the Obama Administration and a directive from Congress from nearly two decades ago.

Through this unique settlement, the American taxpayers will save $1.5 billion and the people of South Carolina will receive a financially backed commitment from the Administration to remove the material from the state, with a payment of $600 million up front. This settlement agreement is a model for how states and the Federal government can work together to produce mutually beneficial outcomes to protect the interests of the states and promote national security.

“The Trump Administration is committed to tackling our nation’s toughest challenges where previous Administrations have failed, including the removal and disposal of Cold War era plutonium from the State of South Carolina,” said Secretary Brouillette. “Today’s announcement is a promise to the people of South Carolina that plutonium will be removed safely from this state, while saving the American taxpayers over $1 billion. I thank Attorney General Wilson, Governor McMaster, and other South Carolina leaders who have been strong partners with DOE to get us to this day. This historic agreement could not have been possible without the leadership and support of President Trump and Attorney General Barr. This is a good day for South Carolina.”

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