ATLANTA (AP) - A national panel tasked with recommending ways to dispose of the country's highly radioactive waste is visiting nuclear sites in the Southeast.
Commission members plan to tour a former bomb making complex on Thursday at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina and hear Friday from a utility seeking to build a nuclear power plant in neighboring Georgia.
Panel co-chair Brent Scowcroft earlier said the visit will allow officials to hear from communities affected by nuclear waste problems.
The United States lacks a spot to dump highly radioactive nuclear waste, such as spent fuel from nuclear reactors. The Obama administration has said it will no longer pursue plans to bury that waste in Nevada. Meanwhile, Obama has proposed expanding the use of nuclear power.
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