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Contamination from nearby nuclear fuel plant threatens Congaree NP, DOI says

The U.S. Department of the Interior has raised alarms about pollution from a nuclear fuel plant near Columbia, saying it could “have potential impacts’’ on Congaree National Park as contamination trickles through the ground from the Westinghouse factory.

In a letter made public Friday, the department recommends the plant receive only a 20-year license to continue operating — instead of the 40 years proposed by Westinghouse and recommended by state nuclear advisers — because of environmental problems at the facility.

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