Democratic Senate hopefuls pledge to keep MOX open

By MEG KINNARDAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Two of the Democrats seeking to challenge U.S. Sen. Tim Scott pledged to work toward completing and keeping open the multibillion-dollar nuclear reactor fuel project at the Savannah River Site.

Joyce Dickerson and Harry Pavilack said during a televised debate Thursday that they would not support the Obama administration's plans to put the mixed-oxide fuel project in "cold standby."

Dickerson is a member of the Richland County Council. Pavilack is a longtime attorney in Myrtle Beach.

A third Democrat, former York County Council member Sidney Moore, did not participate, saying he already had several campaign events scheduled for this week and would not attend.

South Carolina's primary elections are June 10. Scott faces a challenger of his own in the Republican primary.

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