SC leaders happy to get nukes -- on temp basis only

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's leaders are OK with the state being a clearinghouse for foreign nuclear materials as long as the waste isn't here permanently.

Attorney General Henry McMaster said Thursday he hopes the highly enriched uranium now being stored at the Savannah River Site near Aiken is reprocessed or sent elsewhere for long-term storage.

McMaster was reacting to an Associated Press report that Chilean uranium is being housed at the South Carolina federal facility and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Revelations about the secret shipments come as South Carolina fights with the Obama administration to open a long-term nuclear storage facility in Nevada. Without a place like Yucca Mountain, McMaster worries the materials could end up in South Carolina forever.

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