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Sequestration would furlough 1,000 SRS workers, report says

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 7:27 PM
Last updated Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 2:11 AM
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Although sequestration could impact every federal agency, the potential across-the-board budget reduction would cause widespread furloughs throughout the U.S. Department of Energy, including Savannah River Site, according to a new report on the economic risks of the budget cuts.

Potential consequences at SRS could include suspension of plutonium processing at H Canyon.  FILE/U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
FILE/U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Potential consequences at SRS could include suspension of plutonium processing at H Canyon.

“Significant furloughs of the Defense Environmental Management contractor workforce would range from weeks to months,” said the Feb. 13 report by House Appropriations Committee Democrats.

The impact at SRS would fall mainly on environmental management and nuclear waste cleanup programs and cause the furlough of more than 1,000 workers for about four months, the report said.

Potential consequences at SRS could include suspension of plutonium processing at H Canyon, further delays in the disposition of liquid waste in underground tanks and a halt to radioactive waste shipments from South Carolina to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.

Other Energy Department sites associated with the nation’s nuclear weapons programs would face similar impacts.

“The Hanford site in Washington State would furlough over 1,000 workers for approximately six weeks,” the report said, “and 4,000 to 5,000 workers schedules would be affected across the complex. Sites will be forced to suspend and/or delay cleanup activities and shutdown facilities.”

Sequestration would also require the Y-12 site in Tennessee to furlough 700 to 1,000 of 4,500 employees for up to 6 months, the report said, while the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, would furlough up to 2,500 employees for three weeks.

Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico would furlough more than 500 workers for about two week and Sandia National Labs will lay off up to 100 positions and hold off on hiring staff to support a new program to extend the life of the B-61 bomb.

The issue revolves around a March 1 deadline to resolve a Congressional budget stalemate. Unless Congress acts, the Office of Management and Budget will sequester $85 billion in fiscal 2013 spending as mandated by the Budget Control Act.

Sequestration, if triggered, comes on top of $1.5 trillion in discretionary cuts already enacted, the report said.

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dickworth1
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dickworth1 02/22/13 - 09:11 pm
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Start somewhere
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As much as it may hurt some, you have to start government cutbacks
in order to stay afloat. When you spend money on credit there comes a time for you to pay your bills, so it is time to pay the fiddler and this nonsense about it being the republican fault is bullhockey, the buck stops with the president, whomever it may be.

my.voice
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my.voice 02/22/13 - 10:45 pm
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ABCNEWS reported today that

ABCNEWS reported today that the sequester cuts reduce this years budget to 15-billion MORE than was spent last year. Yes, you read that correctly. These "cuts" claims would then be a LIE in terms of furloughs. And federal law requires 30 days notice of any furloughs, so lets cut the bull Washington.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 02/23/13 - 02:07 pm
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Don't Worry!!!

Congress won't let it happen! Too many constituents work for the federal gvment!

burninater
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burninater 02/23/13 - 04:05 pm
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They are clearly mistaken.

They are clearly mistaken. Gov't doesn't create jobs.

griff6035
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griff6035 02/23/13 - 04:26 pm
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Sequestration

I hope it happens, maybe it will stop Obama and company from spending the country into oblivion.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/23/13 - 05:20 pm
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Bring it on!

The sequestration is a good solution to a do-nothing approach and an especially good alternative to the increased spending programs proposed in the inauguration address and the state of the union address.

Burninater is correct in his statement that government does not create jobs, but he is confusing in his "clearly mistaken" statement, because he doesn't specify who "they" are.

MTBer
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MTBer 02/23/13 - 05:21 pm
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Open the gates.

Make you a deal here. The air traffic controllers and the ones that keep your Federal prisons operating will just step away for 14-22 days. We'll walk back then and get it going again. What do you think?

It is OK for Chicago teachers to strike, or dock workers to strike, but those of us who do not have the authority to strike, or even request better conditions or wages, had better just hush up and show up to work.

faithson
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faithson 02/23/13 - 07:23 pm
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and

the cost... what, can't have your cake and eat it too... time for some 'hurt'.

chascushman
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chascushman 02/23/13 - 07:28 pm
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burninater, you are correct
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burninater, you are correct “Gov't doesn't create jobs” they make jobs with taxpayer money. The private sector creates jobs which pays taxes. But I am VERY SURE you won’t understand what I am saying.

Darby
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Darby 02/23/13 - 08:32 pm
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Private industry creates jobs which in turn...

produce goods and services. Those goods and services bring in profit through sales, which in turn pay wages and create more jobs.

Government skims off of the top, using taxes which it uses to "create" government jobs. Many of which are needed, many more of which are just make-work and featherbedding.

No government job ever produced a good or service which could not have been better done by the free market. That includes the military, although a military in the hands of private industry would, admittedly not be a good thing. (But it would cost less and be more efficient.)

Before one of our liberal friend starts jumping up and down, yelling about how government money (there is no such thing) given in grants has helped cure disease, put men on the moon etc, let me say, BULL!

The same could have been accomplished by the free market and at much less cost. By filtering the people's money through the limitless bureaucracy of government, more is wasted than the average mind can even contemplate.

There is no reason not to welcome the so-called sequester. We're not even actually talking about a cut here. We're talking about a reduction in proposed spending. With the sequester in place, we're still going to spend more than we did before.

We are being played, folks..... Big-time...

Only in the warped mind of a government functionary can an increase in spending be seen as a "cut".

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/23/13 - 09:16 pm
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Obama created this

Obama created this sequestration then even threatened to veto over it but now his same ole lame strategy of trying to blame someone else (Rep) just isn't goin' to fly. He will own this sequestration and I hope it happens so we can go ahead and impeach him for that and murdering american citizens without due process and use drones to kill more innocent children than Sandy Hooks would dream of, trying to sabotoge the economy for political reasons, trying to divide americans, and a series of abuse of privacy in america with the Patriotic act abuses, and war crimes.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/23/13 - 09:22 pm
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NPR

Now that the sequester is looming, even NPR is reporting that the effects will be extremely small and will not be noticeable to the public for many, many months. Little Lamb adds — if ever.

allhans
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allhans 02/23/13 - 09:39 pm
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Wolf Blitzer, CNN, even asked

Wolf Blitzer, CNN, even asked if maybe Obama is over stating the effects - so is he acting out a part in another Dem Drama. It sure appears that way. It does stop some of his wealth distribution, perhaps that is his problem..along with his continuing efforts to place the blame for his own bill on Republicans.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/23/13 - 11:12 pm
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Who can spell demogoguery.

Who can spell demogoguery. Obama should change his name to it. It's shameless and pathetic.

avidreader
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avidreader 02/24/13 - 09:22 am
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Two Presidents!

Prez #1 -- endearing, flattering, handsome, toothy smile, perfect diction, pretty wife, calm, and nurturing. Enjoys playing chess, golf, and hugging babies.
Prez#2 -- never on camera, always counting beans, no rhetorical skills, no need for a toothy smile, speaks truthfully, understands the value of a dollar, accepts state sovereignty, gives a sh**. Enjoys bantering with Republicans and Democrats.

Instead of a President and Vice President, we should elect two Co-Presidents.

OJP
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OJP 02/25/13 - 03:01 am
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Which is it? Bizkit thinks this is Obama's fault and worthy of

impeachment. Everyone else seems to think this is a great idea.

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 02/25/13 - 10:19 am
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Senator Graham not a fiscal conservative

Sequestration certainly does highlight the bizarre and wasteful spending by the federal government. Senator Lindsey Graham has helped run up the cost of the $7 billion plutonium fuel MOX plant at the Savannah River Site to help contractors like AREVA get rich and now he's fighting to save the project, which has hit the skids. Graham's out to shaft the tax payer coming and going and he can't fool anyone into thinking he's a fiscal conservative.

charles6780
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charles6780 02/25/13 - 07:15 pm
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Sequestration

Sequestration is a result of the grid lock within the super committee last year: this opened the door for sequestration at Pres. Obama's request. I would like to see him take full responsibility for this "mess". We need term limits in Congress NOW and we need sequestration. This is the only way our bloated government will ever begin to control the wanton taxing/spending/waste. The average tax paying person would not operate their household budget for very long using the example set by Congress. Enough is enough, is enough. Obama needs to stop playing the blame game, and using scare tactics - this is his debacle. As for the media they need to stop allowing them to be his bully pulpit.

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