SC court orders review of nuclear landfill license

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Court of Appeals has ordered more review of a nuclear waste landfill in Barnwell County.

The judges Wednesday ordered a lower court judge to determine if the Chem-Nuclear site is complying with all state regulations for storing low-level nuclear waste.

The Sierra Club challenged state regulators' decision in 2004 to issue a new permit for the landfill, which opened in 1971.

The appeals court said an administrative law court judge did not properly consider all the questions raised by the environmental group.

The Sierra Club wants Chem-Nuclear to plug holes in burial vaults and line trenches with plastic instead of clay to make sure rain at the site doesn't contaminate the groundwater.

Chem-Nuclear says the site is safe.

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