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German nuclear waste could be shipped to Savannah River Site

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 2:58 PM
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The federal government has entered into an agreement with Germany to evaluate the possibility of accepting shipments of German highly-radioactive nuclear waste at Savannah River Site.

The U.S. Department of Energy signed a “statement of intent” with German research agencies offering to evaluate accepting, processing and disposing of waste at SRS. No final decision has been made, according to SRS spokesman Jim Giusti.

“All potential work to support DOE’s evaluation would be funded by the German government so the Statement of Intent is an important step forward,” Giusti said in an email this week to SRS stakeholders.

Additional shipments of waste at SRS has drawn opposition from environmentalist Tom Clements, director of watchdog group SRS Watch. SRS already has its own challenges disposing of large amounts of high-level waste existing at the facility, he said.

“The proposal to import highly radioactive spent fuel from Germany to SRS is simply nuclear dumping dressed up as nuclear non-proliferation,” Clements said. “Germany’s challenging dilemma with what to do with its nuclear waste must not become a waste management problem for the Savannah River Site.”

The graphite-based fuel for the German reactor contains U.S.-origin highly enriched uranium. Returning it to the U.S. would remove it from potential use in a nuclear weapon, Giusti said.

The energy department will “prepare appropriate analysis and consult with the public” as part of the National Environmental Policy Act before any decisions on accepting the waste are made, Giusti said.

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SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 04/30/14 - 06:01 pm
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SRS dump site for the world?

Is SRS quietly trying to turn itself into the world's dump site for plutonium and nuclear waste? Where is the public document on that policy? Looks like an environmental review, with full public participation, is urgently needed before another canister of nuclear waste or foreign or domestic plutonium rolls in. Governor Nikki Haley may support SRS being a global dump but the public may not agree with her on that one.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/01/14 - 11:39 am
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Pah!

We should be sending our own nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain in Nevada chosen several years ago, not importing more!

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 04/30/14 - 10:57 pm
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Yucca Mountain just so

Yucca Mountain just so happens to be in Nevada.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 04/30/14 - 11:03 pm
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SCEagleEye, Haley doesn't

SCEagleEye, Haley doesn't give a rat's behind about the environment of South Carolina. She will take any and all $$$ thrown her way. Reminds me of another profession.

SGT49
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SGT49 05/01/14 - 04:53 am
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My guess is that this is

My guess is that this is being shoved down the throat of SC. Gov. Haley doesn't want SRS to be the nations dumping ground.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 05/01/14 - 07:35 am
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"SCEagleEye, Haley doesn't
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"SCEagleEye, Haley doesn't give a rat's behind about the environment of South Carolina. She will take any and all $$$ thrown her way. Reminds me of another profession."

And your proof of this accusation is?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/01/14 - 07:53 am
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"Yucca Mt. By Default"

I coined this term a while back to describe the future of SRS. "Yucca Mt. By Default." Nuclear wastes are being stacked there in temporary facilities that are rusting and leaking without plans for a permanent solution.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/01/14 - 08:58 am
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With all the growing

With all the growing sentiments against nuclear power perhaps people will protest this move in large droves to let the govt know to dump their crap elsewhere. Obama is probably doing it in the hopes the radiation will leak and kill a bunch of conservatives. He worries about oil leaks with the Keystone because some varmint maybe harmed, but put people at risk and who cares-especially in the South where I am sure he hopes the people will die younger and massively to reduce their vote. Ya know he is purely politically motivate so people are like chess pieces not human. How can I say this? It is easy he has already ordered the death of American citizens without due process and has a list to kill more. He has ordered the use of drones that have killed hundreds of innocent children as collateral damage.

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 05/01/14 - 08:27 am
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Nuclear

Nuclear = Death for all. A nation that has been a country for less than 300 years, thinks it is cool to create waste that is deadly to ALL life forms for tens of thousands of years. Pretty sad....

Pond Life
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Pond Life 05/01/14 - 08:33 am
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Navy Gary....I think your
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Navy Gary....I think your hyperbole is a bit misinformed.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/01/14 - 09:05 am
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Article

"“The proposal to import highly radioactive spent fuel from Germany to SRS is simply nuclear dumping dressed up as nuclear non-proliferation,”"

This statement RINGS VOLUMMS!! Isn't it time to lay people off BEFORE TAKING IN more high-level radioactive waste??!! First, this waste is from an ally country every since WW2. I don't believe they are going to send nukes over here! Second, you want to talk about some VERY, VERY high nuclear waste, just look at the waste product that will be generated from The MOX plant!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/01/14 - 09:15 am
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Navy Gary @ 9:27

"Nuclear = Death for all. A nation that has been a country for less than 300 years, thinks it is cool to create waste that is deadly to ALL life forms for tens of thousands of years. Pretty sad...."

When mis-handled, nuclear can be synomunice with death; BIG TIME!! I agree that this nation must have more nuclear power plants or pay a much greater cost for deminishing fosil fuels. If sites like Yucca Mountain could get the green light to opperate, I believe man's understanding of nuclear can be put toward burying the high level waste safetly. Being in the middle on all sorts of issues, I believe that I can see the good and the bad in all issues.

burninater
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burninater 05/01/14 - 09:33 am
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This is starting to look like

This is starting to look like classic neocolonialism. Germany plops VW plants down in the American South to avoid labor laws at home, and now they're looking to start dumping toxic waste that they don't want domestically, either.

Folks in the South better start growing a spine and standing up for themselves and the working class. This wealth worship thing might be making other powers think the South would be happy being downstream from a urinal -- as long as it was a rich nation's streams of "gold" ....

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/01/14 - 09:32 am
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There seems to be a general feeling that accepting these nuclear awstes from other countries is somehow linked to life or death. I see this as a principul issue and a political issue!! If people are fearful of dieing faster due to nuclear radiation, I can see that, BUT it will become an environmental issue much sooner than a life or death issue for humans. We have all seen the post war pictures of the two cities in Japan that were DIVISTATED by nuclear bombs. To say the possibility of rad waste becoming a nuclear bomb, NOT LIKELY! Providing much matterial for "dirty bombs", now you have something there to be concerned about!! I say the bottom line should be an unwritten rule that the country that makes the rad waste, then that country should keep the rad waste, EVEN RUSSIA!!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/01/14 - 09:34 am
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I agree T3 nuclear (although

I agree T3 nuclear (although expensive to build plants that seems relative know days) can be used effectively and safely. A space program like most every other country has is probably planning to dump their nuclear on a nearby moon or just send it off into oblivion. I think that a lot can be used for other resources too-like nuclear medicine, a perhaps new technologies. We are exposed to radiation (all kinds) every day-heck we radiate. Lots of low level radioactive compounds have use in basic research and medicine, etc. I don't like it is all politicized and not logical. Just like with Keystone-purely political as Obama was bought out by an environmentalist supporter. We need a comprehensive energy plan that makes sense-Obama's strategy is manipulative trying to reduce carbon producers for green-it has to be a slow transition that allows time for everything to keep up and not lose productivity. Obama could care less about productivity nor hurting the economy as long as he reaches his goal. We can reduce our use of coal and petro-shifting to nuclear, natural gas, solar, etc and combinations of all. Further we can reduce the carbon output of present technology (which there has already been huge progress in auto reductions and coal plants) with technologies that further reduce and perhaps recycle carbon compounds (we use thousands if not more carbon compounds). I think we need to think about individual energy independence so we aren't all on one system prone to break down or terrorist attack.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/01/14 - 12:10 pm
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The Issue Here

The biggest issue for the CSRA is that SRS is not being properly funded and prepared to deal with the waste. Billions were spent studying and preparing Yucca MT while here there is nothing but aging temporary storage facilities. If the waste is to be sent here I would hope the facilities would be built with the resulting beneficial mega effect on our local economy.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/01/14 - 12:39 pm
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I've always wondered do they

I've always wondered do they really know where everything is and what condition it is in since the place was built in 1950's and I don't know how well they policed itself back then?

sawgrass
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sawgrass 05/01/14 - 02:14 pm
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SCEagleEye

You have stated many times over your opposition to the MOX project. However, the MOX project is the ONLY viable and cost effective process to rid the country and the world of nuclear grade plutonium. Any other options are more costly. Vitrificatrion is not the answer. The plutonium can be extracted and used by others to develop nuclear weapons. The MOX project does not generate nuclear waste as some other misinformed people (t3bledsoe) has posted. The MOX project will develop a product that will generate revenue for the government and keep plutonium out of the hands of others. Seems as if you are talking out of both sides of your mouth?

Pond Life
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Pond Life 05/01/14 - 02:41 pm
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According to Al Gore, fossil
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According to Al Gore, fossil fuel creates waste that is deadly to all life.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 05/01/14 - 02:45 pm
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I have said this so many

I have said this so many times, I am about to throw up. So I am going to say it one more time for all the empty minds to understand then I'll shut up about it:
1-MOX has no customers
2-MOX has zero customers
3-MOX has null customers
4-MOX has the empty set of customers
5-how many other ways are there to say the word "zero"
6-please don't embarrass yourself and mention TVA
7- TVA is owned by the US govt and will buy MOX fuel only if the US govt holds a gun to their head.
8-if #7 happens it will be at a great expense to the US taxpayer.
9- MOX is one of the biggest bill of goods ever sold to the US taxpayer.
I hope this satisfies all of Dr. Clint Wolfe's (PhD) cabin boys who keep posting on here.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 05/01/14 - 02:55 pm
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There is a reason MOX has no
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There is a reason MOX has no customers.....there is no MOX. Why would someone make the investment to ready their reactors for a fuel until they are confident that there will be fuel for them? Guess what....before we enriched U235, there were zero customers for it.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 05/01/14 - 03:13 pm
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Like I said, I'm done

Like I said, I'm done commenting on this. I'm going to let this play out and see what happens. A word of advice to any and all AC readers. Do some studying beyond what they teach you at SRS and Aiken Tech.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 05/01/14 - 03:20 pm
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Done FAR more studying on the
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Done FAR more studying on the topic, thank you.

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 05/01/14 - 03:56 pm
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the two nuclear faces of Nikki

At least with Gov. Haley you have a choice of two opposing positions she is presenting about SRS becoming a nuclear dumping ground:

"Gov. Nikki Haley, a supporter of reprocessing programs at SRS, said through a spokesman Tuesday that the prospect of accepting German waste “is not about whether utilizing the facilities at SRS is a good idea — the more we use SRS the more jobs we create." - Greenville News, April 30

"South Carolina is not going to be a dumping ground. We’re not going to allow that to happen.’’ - The State, April 21

The second quote is about plutonium dumping and we know what MOX boosters have allowed SRS to become - a one-way ticket to a severely botched project that could leave us holding the plutonium bag.

sawgrass
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sawgrass 05/01/14 - 04:53 pm
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SCEagleEye

The "dumping" of plutonium at SRS was going on long before the MOX project was conceived. Get your facts straight before you bash the MOX boosters. My comment about GiantsAllDay was removed for some reason. Do some research. The MOX project is the most viable option and the cheapest. The MOX project is not a botched project. It is a well run and cost effective project.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 05/01/14 - 08:22 pm
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Sawgrass, I would like to see

Sawgrass, I would like to see your comment about me. I have never given a thumbs down to anyone nor have I ever complained to the Chronicle about anyone's opinions. Opinions are just that...opinions, however they represent who a person is.... Can you cut and paste your opinion about my comment again, please?

sawgrass
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sawgrass 05/01/14 - 08:59 pm
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GiantsAllDay

I have said this so many times, I am about to throw up. So I am going to say it one more time for all the empty minds to understand then I'll shut up about it:
1-MOX has no customers
2-MOX has zero customers
3-MOX has null customers
4-MOX has the empty set of customers
5-how many other ways are there to say the word "zero"
6-please don't embarrass yourself and mention TVA
7- TVA is owned by the US govt and will buy MOX fuel only if the US govt holds a gun to their head.
8-if #7 happens it will be at a great expense to the US taxpayer.
9- MOX is one of the biggest bill of goods ever sold to the US taxpayer.
I hope this satisfies all of Dr. Clint Wolfe's (PhD) cabin boys who keep posting on here.
This is your cut and pasted comments.
You are wrong. You have no idea what you are talking about. The MOX DOES have customers. It is NOT a bill of goods sold to the American public. It is the only viable option.
GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!!!!

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 05/01/14 - 09:43 pm
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Sawgrass, please list MOX's

Sawgrass, please list MOX's customers.
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Etc etc

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 05/01/14 - 09:45 pm
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Sawgrass says I have no idea

Sawgrass says I have no idea what I am talking about. mmm, OK

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 05/02/14 - 12:36 am
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Dixieman

Did you change you post to say "Nevada"? #uniformedmasses

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