Blue Ribbon panel touring SRS today

Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 6:48 AM
Last updated 6:54 AM
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A federal panel appointed by President Barack Obama to examine U.S. nuclear waste policies is visiting Savannah River Site.

The 15-member Blue Ribbon Commission is meeting today and officials are touring the 310-square-mile site to examine facilities for treating, packaging and storing used nuclear fuel and waste.

Savannah River once produced plutonium and tritium for atomic bombs. Work there is now focused mostly on research and cleaning up areas of the site contaminated during weapons production.

The commission has been meeting at nuclear sites around the country. Commissioners are holding a public meeting in Augusta on Friday.

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SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 01/06/11 - 08:16 am
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If this Commission is looking

If this Commission is looking at "interim"storage of radioactive spent fuel or reprocessing of that waste at SRS then there is likely to be a huge fight against South Carolina being made the new Yucca Mountain. South Carolina is tired of being dumped on and won't rake kindly to more waste being shipped here for dumping.

BornInAUG
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BornInAUG 01/06/11 - 10:42 am
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sceagle: isn't the waste just

sceagle: isn't the waste just shipped to SRS for treatment, not long term storage?

billcass
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billcass 01/06/11 - 12:52 pm
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"A federal panel appointed by

"A federal panel appointed by President Barack Obama" immediately tells me that it is going to cost me money. When will people learn that these types of things cost money, and that the government doesn't have any?

Chillen
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Chillen 01/06/11 - 01:02 pm
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billcass you beat me to it.

billcass you beat me to it. My first reaction was why and how much?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 01/06/11 - 01:11 pm
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Pabst Blue Ribbon panel.
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Pabst Blue Ribbon panel.

billcass
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billcass 01/06/11 - 01:22 pm
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A PBR panel would be cheaper,

A PBR panel would be cheaper, more efficient, and much more rewarding at the end of the day.

DawgnSC69
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DawgnSC69 01/06/11 - 01:39 pm
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The Yucca Mtn. project was a

The Yucca Mtn. project was a way to employ several thousand people for many years costing tax payer bilions and billions of dollars.

Now that the project is 99% complete and no longer in need of that many people to run it, the state of Nevada refuses to allow the material to be stored there.

So now we (the taxpayers) have to foot the bill of more billions of dollars to explore, design, and construct other storage solutions (likely at SRS).

The positive? Employment opportunites for the CSRA.

Jane18
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Jane18 01/06/11 - 04:59 pm
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I'm with you billcass and

I'm with you billcass and chillen. As oon as I read the headline, I asked"for what? and how much is this costing and will cost? The government seems to think they still have 'long pockets!'

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