Superfund Site: SAVANNAH RIVER SITE (USDOE), AIKEN, SC
Superfund Site Profile
The Savannah River Site (SRS) is a secured U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) facility. The facility produced tritium, plutonium and other special nuclear materials for national defense and the space program. The facility is home to the Savannah River National Laboratory. The Department of Energy owns the Savannah River Site. Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC manages and operates the site. A range of nuclear-related research and production operations are ongoing at the site. Past disposal practices caused site contamination.
While considerable cleanup progress has been made since the 1980s, much additional cleanup work remains. Tanks containing highly radioactive liquid waste continue to be addressed. Multiple groundwater plumes are being addressed. Their cleanup will likely take decades. Nuclear reactors will be addressed in the future. DOE was able to speed up cleanup work thanks to funding made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Site cleanup completion is currently scheduled for 2065. The summary sections below provide more details about the site’s history and current status.