FBI expanding forensic lab at SC nuclear site

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) - The FBI is expanding its South Carolina lab used to examine radiological evidence.

The U.S. Energy Department on Thursday announced an expansion at the Savannah River National Laboratory near Aiken.

The lab opened in 2006. Officials say it's used in the fight against terrorism to help prepare contaminated evidence so investigators can safely examine it for fingerprints, DNA, fibers or other evidence.

The Energy Department says the new facilities at the former nuclear weapons complex are now about six times their original size and give the FBI better ways to examine and safely store that evidence.

There's also now a fully functional FBI satellite office, where examiners can securely share information with FBI offices around the world.

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