SRS Shell Game
The Savannah River Site (SRS) is an aging nuclear facility on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River opposite Augusta, Georgia. Since 1989, the SRS has been managed by a quasi-public corporation called the "Washington Savannah River Corporation." By most accounts, the management has been effective and has maintained good public relations with local residents and even with most citizen environmentalists. When the contract for SRS management was put up for competitive bid, however, a new shell company called "Savannah River Nuclear Solutions" made a lower bid.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions was scheduled to take over management of the SRS this week. The change between shell companies has been put on hold, however, by a legal "protest" filed on behalf of the Washington Savannah River Corporation. In addition to the news story filed by Mary Ellen Cheatham of Georgia Public Broadcasting, a bulletin about the delay is posted on the Savannah River Nuclear Solutions webpage. Fine print under the company header also indicates that Savannah River Nuclear Solutions is a "Fluor Daniel Corporation." I am certain that I will be posting more on this story as it develops.