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December 26, 2013

SRS tour sign-ups to begin

Registration for 22 public tours of the federal Savannah River Site planned in 2014 opens Monday.

Registration for 22 public tours of the federal Savannah River Site planned in 2014 opens Monday.

Free tours of the Department of Energy site that was used to make nuclear weapons material near Aiken are offered each year on a first-come, first-served basis, but require registration.

More than 1,000 seats will be available for the tours in the upcoming year. Seats are limited to two individuals per reservation.

Driving tours of SRS are offered each year to provide members of the public an opportunity to see many of the site’s facilities and learn more about the site’s history, current activities and future missions.

The first of the tours will be held in January. Each tour starts at the Aiken County Applied Research Center located off U.S. 278 near New Ellenton, beginning with an overview presentation about SRS and a safety meeting.

Each tour of about 50 people begins at 12:30 p.m. and typically ends at 4:30 p.m.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older and United States citizens.

To register, visit www.srs.gov/general/tour/public.htm or call (803) 952-8994. SRS tour dates next year: Jan. 16 and 28; Feb. 13 and 25; March 11 and 25; April 15 and 22; May 6 and 15; June 3 and 17; July 8 and 24; Aug. 5 and 21; Sept. 9 and18; Oct. 7 and 23; Nov. 11; Dec. 9.

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