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Haley, attorney general to hold news conference

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson are holding a news conference at the Statehouse.

Haley says the Tuesday event will also be attended by U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson and Aiken-area state representatives.

Haley gave no reason for the news conference. Last week, Congressman Wilson and both of South Carolina's U.S. senators asked the Republican governor to "explore any legal avenues" to avoid the closure of a multi-billion dollar Savannah River Site project to turn weapons-grade plutonium into commercial nuclear reactor fuel.

The effort known as MOX is intended to help the United States fulfill an agreement with Russia to dispose of at least 34 metric tons apiece of weapons-grade plutonium.

The Obama administration says it wants to mothball the project, which is billions over budget.

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