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SRS tours given twice a month

Posted: August 2, 2017 - 12:42am
The tours are free and begin at the Aiken County Applied Research Center, located off Highway 278, near New Ellenton.
The tours are free and begin at the Aiken County Applied Research Center, located off Highway 278, near New Ellenton.

Seats are available for Savannah River Site tours held twice each month through December, according to a news release.

The driving tours provide a view of the historical and operational facilities at SRS, where plutonium and tritium were produced during the Cold War. Tour participants also learn about the site's current activities and future missions.

The SRS tour program is managed by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions as the site's management and operating contractor.

In 1972, SRS was designated as the first National Environmental Research Park. Encompassing 300 square miles, the U.S. Forest Service-Savannah River manages endangered species such as bald eagles and red-cockaded woodpeckers. SRS is also home to turkeys, alligators, white-tailed deer, armadillos, otters, coyotes and many other animal species.

The tour concludes with a stop at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, a research unit of the University of Georgia and part of SRS since the site was constructed. Tour participants see a presentation on SREL's mission and visit with some of the animals that call SRS home.

The tours are free and begin at the Aiken County Applied Research Center, an extension of the SRNL, located off Highway 278, near New Ellenton. Each tour begins at 12:30 p.m. and typically ends at 4:30 p.m.

Seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, up to 50 people per tour.

Large groups can be accommodated by calling (803) 952-8994.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older and U.S. citizens. To register for a tour, visit srs.gov/general/tour/public.htm or call (803) 952-9472.

 

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