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Stimulus may bring 3,000 jobs to SRS

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Savannah River Site could receive up to $1.9 billion -- and create as many as 3,000 jobs -- from President Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus package.

According to a U.S. Department of Energy document that breaks down the $6 billion in environmental-management money included in the 1,100-page bill, SRS is second only to the Hanford Site in Washington state in terms of dollars and potential job creation.

The breakdown, obtained Wednesday by The Augusta Chronicle , was distributed this week to selected officials with the Energy Communities Alliance, a national nonprofit organization of local governments and economic development groups that are near nuclear weapon sites.

"We're all kind of waiting for more details," said Rick McLeod, executive director of the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization, a local affiliate of the alliance. "We've heard the 3,000 figure, too, but we don't have anything official from SRS."

The breakdown noted the stimulus package originally included $6.4 billion for environmental management and cleanup, but the amount was trimmed to "roughly" $6 billion before its adoption.

Mr. McLeod said the figures in the table might represent the highest levels of funding and jobs. Even if the final numbers are less, he said, it will still be a substantial boost to the community and the SRS cleanup.

"We've heard anything from $1 billion to $2 billion, but none of it is confirmed," he said. "My understanding is we should hear more on how all this will shake out in the next week."

Current employment at SRS is about 11,000. New jobs financed with stimulus package dollars might be temporary, existing only for the duration of specific construction, demolition or cleanup projects.

Representatives of the Energy Department at SRS and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions -- the site's primary contractor -- would neither confirm nor deny the numbers, saying only that a "comprehensive" announcement about the recovery program's effect on SRS will be made sometime next week.

The report also estimated $2.036 billion and 4,414 jobs at Hanford; $1.039 billion and 2,710 jobs at Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and smaller amounts at a dozen other facilities.

Reach Rob Pavey at 868-1222, ext. 119, or rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/26/09 - 05:29 am
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They'll probably use the

They'll probably use the 3,000 people to continue to make SRS Yucca Mountain by default. I'd feel better about the jobs if they were making many bombs on an assembly line like Lucy in the cake factory.

MtnMan
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MtnMan 02/26/09 - 06:47 am
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Jobs for this area? Brought

Jobs for this area? Brought here by the actions of that detested Democrat....Obama? Surley that isn't true. Why a Democrat has never done a thing to help people...of I forgot about Social Security and Medicare

MtnMan
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MtnMan 02/26/09 - 06:55 am
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RIVERMAN is first up to find

RIVERMAN is first up to find a "reason" to denouce Obama' s action. Would he rather have some brillliant Republican tackle that job? The Republicans have completely failed America this past eight years...that is why the are not making any decisons now...Sounds like he would rather the jobs not come to this area....

Motorman5039
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Motorman5039 02/26/09 - 07:15 am
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MtnMan: Are you surprised?

MtnMan: Are you surprised? Can't satisfy some people no matter what you do, so you come out better doing without them...

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/26/09 - 07:23 am
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Hooray, 3,000 new government

Hooray, 3,000 new government jobs in this area, maybe. Only 497,000 more government jobs to be created, maybe, before we reach the possible number of jobs created by government, as promised. Has anyone noticed that government doesn't create wealth or jobs unless it can take tax money from a productive populace? Has anyone noticed what happens when a government nationalizes the banking and manufacturing of a country? We have several examples in the world going on right now. Does anyone recall the definition of insanity? Is this the type of "change" and "hope" the voters expected when this Marxist was put in charge? I know some of you think pointing out what this Marxist is doing is racist and partisan, but it is also the truth. SURPRISE!

jboy
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jboy 02/26/09 - 07:40 am
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More government welfare jobs

More government welfare jobs for the SRS management team to bring in their cronies from up north. All they do is hop around from one DOE site to another.

shivas
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shivas 02/26/09 - 08:06 am
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Yes, patriciathomas, change

Yes, patriciathomas, change from failure to having work to feed your family. Such a strange definition of "Marxism." But, keep listening to Rush for your daily spin.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 02/26/09 - 08:20 am
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You got it right RETIRED

You got it right RETIRED ARMY. I am looking forward to all those " Conservatives" turning down those "Gubirmint joabs".

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 02/26/09 - 08:46 am
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The Socialist Fiefdom in the

The Socialist Fiefdom in the Aiken-Augusta envisaged by the SRS boosters is upon us. The big government crowd is laughing (at us tax payers) all the way to the bank. This deal will need the closest of monitoring and public oversight but we remember how closely DOE monitored the Washington Savannah River Company. If SRS gets $1.9 billion for 3000 jobs do the math on how much each job costs. Can the site even handle a 30% increase in the number of site workers?

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justus4 02/26/09 - 09:00 am
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Oversight in job hiring must
Unpublished

Oversight in job hiring must be used because "we" know the history: The govenor rejects some dollars based on so-called principles (some believe that dollars targeted for the poor folks, which we know who that is), then the federal jobs, which are paid for with the stimulus money will go to few minorities. Thats what will happen, if "they" are not carefully watched and reported because the pattern is clear. Again, who will fill the 3,000 jobs?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/26/09 - 09:04 am
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Nothing else matters to those

Nothing else matters to those that feel government creates wealth and growth. Sorry to burst the brain bubble of all you subsidy geniuses, but where do you think these government jobs get their money from? Still too confusing? Vote O, you qualify.

WClark40
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WClark40 02/26/09 - 09:48 am
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Imagine if our congressional

Imagine if our congressional reps had the foresight to see that maybe it's better to apply for every single dollar washington wants to dole out than sit there grandiosely declaring we don't need this money.Smart politicians as soon as they'd gotten wind that these type of outlays would be coming down the pipe,Would have broke their backs to have a new coliseum, performing arts theatre, and every project they could have thought of added to these outlays.Local representatives don't let this oppurtunity pass the area by.

mch29304
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mch29304 02/26/09 - 09:55 am
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3000 new jobs,at what cost?

3000 new jobs,at what cost? The continued pilferidge of our collective wealth, eroding civil liberties, as well as, the complete and utter disregard of our founding document "The U.S. Constitution." Under the guise of environmental preservation and cleanup, millions, if not billions, of U.S. tax dollars will go the way of the Dodo bird. With absolutely no accountability! Where in "GODS" name does this insanity end? Our Govt. was created "of the people, by the people and for the people." The people, not the government, will ultimately solve this mess the liberals have thrust upon us. Ask yourself "you liberals" a question? Would you let an admitted homosexual "Barney Franks" control your personal finances? The conservatives tried three times to pass oversight legislation on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Thrice they were defeated by liberals. Where would this country be had that legislation passed? By the way, this was tried during that evil "Bush's" term. What has PBHO given us in his short tenure thus far? Unfettered spending on an unfathomable scale.What happened to PBHO's campaign pledge to line item veto power on pork spending? The latest spending bill has over 9000 pork projects!

karmakills123
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karmakills123 02/26/09 - 10:02 am
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LOL...the "sheeple" have

LOL...the "sheeple" have spoken................

marien
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marien 02/26/09 - 10:02 am
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This is great news, there are

This is great news, there are a lot of peolpe in the area that are out of work, this is a start and I believe there will be more jobs to come. GETTING BETTER IN AMERICA

godogs
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godogs 02/26/09 - 10:20 am
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These jobs are short lived

These jobs are short lived let me assure you. They are temporary during the cleanup phase. And then once the cleanup phase is complete they will not only be laid off more workers that are currently there will be laid off as well So in the end it is only a temporary benefit with more losses behind it. See the whole picture! It is not what you think!!!!!!

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 02/26/09 - 10:27 am
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Would have been nice if our

Would have been nice if our Mayor of Augusta would have proposed some of this money. Augusta didn't even bother to submit for any. www.stimuluswatch.org

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curly123053 02/26/09 - 10:33 am
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Again, who will fill the

Again, who will fill the 3,000 jobs?........I hope they pick the most qualified for the jobs regardless of who they are, regardless of their race, regardless of their nationality(as long as they are legal). Sorry Justus if you don't qualify !!

curly123053
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curly123053 02/26/09 - 10:46 am
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godogs....most government

godogs....most government funded jobs from stimulus type grants are temporary and rarely evolve into a permanent job. It was the same way the last time thousands of jobs were created by the government of a liberal, socialistic president. When the money runs out or the job is completed then most of the jobs will be gone too. Then we will be right back where we were before.

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justthefacts 02/26/09 - 10:54 am
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You Conservatives are so

You Conservatives are so short sighted. When the jobs dry up due to the running out of the Stimulus money, we just go get some more Stimilus money. Hey, the kids won't mine. Have you heard any kids complaining about this one?

1941
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1941 02/26/09 - 10:54 am
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So what if they are

So what if they are temporary? A job is a job. Some of you people will find anything to b---- about. Regardless of what the president do , you will still b----.And if you go right back to where you were at, then that is your laziness.Can someone tell me if there are any poor white people in this city, or if there are any white people reiceving welfare, and food stamps?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 02/26/09 - 11:08 am
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mimsy, of course there are

mimsy, of course there are poor white people. Probably more than there are black people. What is your point??

1941
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1941 02/26/09 - 11:21 am
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The way some of these people

The way some of these people post on here, you would think that all poor, lazy, people are black.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/26/09 - 11:32 am
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Who said I was against the

Who said I was against the jobs at SRS? I am noting what type jobs they are. We are becoming the nuclear waste depository by default sine Yucca Mtn is on hold. I'd rather we were making tritium, bombs or whatever the hell they used to do. Of course the Republicans have always favored creating jobs for natioinal defense as part of the stimulus package. It is the Democrats who want to spend it on social action programs.

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justthefacts 02/26/09 - 11:38 am
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mimsy, you must be very

mimsy, you must be very paranoid. The only mention of race was by Justus and that was in "code". And then you, of course. I suggest you do as I do and ignore his moronic comments.

AugustaCrapical
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AugustaCrapical 02/26/09 - 11:54 am
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Didn't the Aiken Standard

Didn't the Aiken Standard report this exact story several weeks ago?
Isn't this the second or third time in quick succession that the Chronicle has copied and pasted Standard stories?

Let's try a little harder Mr. Pavey!!

mable8
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mable8 02/26/09 - 12:01 pm
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Seems to me that SRS should

Seems to me that SRS should be considering recalling those employees they laid off due to budget cuts rather than hiring all new people. SRS never makes sense; they lay off hundreds then put out the word they are hiring a few weeks later, yet never publish a recall of those laid off employees--are they guilty of mismanagement of monies received from the government? At any rate, since they are uncertain as to how much they will receive, saying they can hire 3000 is like counting chickens before they hatch.

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misterme 02/26/09 - 12:36 pm
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For all of you misinformed,

For all of you misinformed, please note that the article stated that some jobs would be temporary, " existing ....only for the duration of projects." That means that these jobs are not government jobs, rather, they are cotract jobs. Therefore, at the end of the project, guess what, the employee has to find another job.

WClark40
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WClark40 02/26/09 - 01:08 pm
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If a job is temporary or

If a job is temporary or permanent if you don't have one it's going to look awfully good.What job one man won't take there's someone else who would gladly have it!!!

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RichmondCountyResident1 02/26/09 - 01:45 pm
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The Republicans, always have

The Republicans, always have a spin on why something president Obama, is involved in won't work.Pat, too bad you can't see past their spin. You have to be the most brainwashed parrot on the planet.You are a true Southern Strategy victim, who support the Republican party no matter how terrible they perform. What I would like to know is, why did our local representatives and Senators, not vote for jobs and money coming to our area? They have put party above their constituents.Why aren't they engaging the Obama administration, to ensure more dollars come to our area?They have forgot the reason they were sent to congress in the first place.Our Senators from our two state area, are nothing but diehard ineffective Republicans. I wonder how long will be, before our area begins to suffer, for their partisanship.

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