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NEW ELLENTON, S.C. (AP) _ State law enforcement officers practiced blocking weapons-grade plutonium from entering South Carolina, and Gov. Jim Hodges said Monday he would do ``whatever it takes'' to stop the shipments.

Hodges, who is locked in a dispute with the Department of Energy over the shipments from Colorado, ordered the practice drill for about three dozen state troopers and transport police officers. Hodges has threatened to lie down in the road if necessary to block the shipments.

``The department is extremely disappointed with Governor Hodges roadblock exercise,'' the DOE said in a statement. ``Fortunately other South Carolina leaders are spending their time today working with the department toward finalizing our plutonium disposition program.''

As part of the drill, patrol cars blocked a four-lane road near the Savannah River Site, about 10 miles from the Georgia state line. Officers convinced the driver of the vehicle escorting a state-owned tractor-trailer to turn around.

Officials said they didn't know whether it would be that easy when trucks carrying plutonium and escorted by armed federal officers make the same attempted entrance. Energy officials have said shipments could begin by May 15.

Hodges, a Democrat up for re-election this year, said the state will do ``whatever it takes'' to keep the plutonium shipments out unless the Energy Department signs an agreement that the plutonium won't stay in the state.

The Energy Department plans to reprocess the plutonium into fuel to be used in commercial nuclear reactors.