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We need to keep SRS plan going

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As we plan for Savannah River Site's future, we should assign first priority to projects such as MOX, coupled to new SRS power reactors that would allow this troubled world to transmute the thousand tons of plutonium made since 1940 into enough clean, almost free energy to power the Southeast for centuries to come.

A few pounds of plutonium make a fine nuclear explosive or the dirtiest of dirty bombs, and its half life is some 25,000 years.

What a service to mankind to eliminate this potential curse upon our progeny in the only garbage-grinder suitable for plutonium, the nuclear reactor.

Fred Christensen, Aiken, S.C.

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SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/24/09 - 04:59 am
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Oops, the words "free

Oops, the words "free energy"!! Any mention of those two words, and the DOE, power companies and scientists employed by them, will be at war to kill the facility; as they're in the business to make $$$$$$$$$$ out of folks buying energy, not allowing it to be given for FREE. Oh, that's right, it's free to the DOE and power companies. Business as usual, carry on.....

justus4
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justus4 01/24/09 - 06:30 am
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Of course the importance of
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Of course the importance of SRS and its effects on the local economy is positive, but the senior leadership there have dropped the ball and possibly at the exact wrong time. Those audit problems has been a stinker there for years and this shows, it's better to deal with a problem today, rather than put it off. Nuclear power is a controversial issue, especially the disposal of spent waste, but it's also an extremely political issue. Sen. Dermitt (R. SC) voted against the confirmation of the Sec. of State which was his preogative, but with a lack of fiscal accountability discovered at SRS, his decision may not be a favorable development for the region. In the end, every top manager will be pointing fingers or didn't know, the contractors will have gotten the money & jetted, the poor worker will have sensed something wrong long ago-but feared for job securty, and the region suffers because Washington paints the operation as a black hole with little benefit to the nation. Again, another example of poor management officials with great credentials & great experience, BUT failed the most important test: Honesty.

suga
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suga 01/24/09 - 08:40 am
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With Plant Vogle poised to

With Plant Vogle poised to get more reactors, and SRS more spent fuel, it seems like a no brainer for the local economy. But with the world's economy as a whole, I wouldn't be surprise if the budget get cut somewhere along the way, it's a bitter sweet situation.

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 01/24/09 - 08:51 am
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Now Sandy is discussing

Now Sandy is discussing nuclear power.....a topic I'm sure she knows NOTHING about.

UncleBill
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UncleBill 01/24/09 - 09:05 am
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I didn't think there were any

I didn't think there were any power reactors at SRS, nor any plans to build. Aren't all the reactors there for research or development of nuclear materials? Isn't the plan to send the retrieved and reprocessed materials to commercial power reactors, elsewhere? Or is there another plan? I could have missed it.

HTN007
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HTN007 01/24/09 - 09:17 am
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You didn't miss anything UB.

You didn't miss anything UB. The author of this article is suggesting building new comercial power reactors at SRS instead of other sites which would be less logical in terms of logistics, like shipping the fuel to places like Votgle. Also, note the article from local news today...."More spent Fuel Coming". Timely or just coincidence?

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 01/24/09 - 09:44 am
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The MOX program needs a full

The MOX program needs a full audit, as indicated by private GAO reports to Congress. DOE refuses to release a new cost estimate and sticks to the $4.8 billion construction cost from almost two years ago. With so much money flowing around there is lots of room for mismanagement of all sorts. Time to put the brakes on this project at least until it's fully audited by external auditors and not the foxes guarding the hen house (MOX Services & SRS itself). Another giant project that benefit the few while sticking it to the taxpayer. SRS ain't an entitlement program like some treat it, folks!

fredinaiken
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fredinaiken 01/24/09 - 09:58 am
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Yes, UB, it is proposed that

Yes, UB, it is proposed that new power reactors be built at SRS, as part of a nuclear power complex there. Such a complex could and should reprocess irradiated nuclear fuel and manufacture new fuel pieces from the U-235 and plutonium present in the irradiated fuel pieces. Doing it all, or most of the job, at this one, big, secure, site has significant security and economic advantages. And further, locating massive energy sources in the midst of a massive source of cellulose makes the manufacture of liquid motor fuels in the Southeast most attractive. Be like Texas in the 1930's when oil was 'struck' there?

Pu239
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Pu239 01/24/09 - 10:53 am
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I wonder why we don't just
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I wonder why we don't just have our nuclear energy made in South America or China like all of the rest of our manufactured goods?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/24/09 - 05:06 pm
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Py239, that was pretty damn

Py239, that was pretty damn funny.

TechLover
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TechLover 01/25/09 - 12:02 am
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"almost free energy" That's

"almost free energy" That's strange, State Senator Don Balfour the Republican chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, just proposed legislation to bypass the Public Service Commission to let Ga Power start charging us more when they start contruction of the FOURTEEN BILLION DOLLAR expansion at Plant Vogle. (AC Sat 1/17 but I think there are other articles as well)).When complete the "average" homeowner will see their bill increase $10 a month.( Of course the "average homeowner doesn't exist so everyone's bill will increase much more than that. Would someone please tell Ga Power that this nuclear energy stuff is "almost free".

TechLover
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TechLover 01/25/09 - 12:11 am
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Perchance does the LTE writer

Perchance does the LTE writer work at SRS and just want to keep his job?

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/25/09 - 05:58 pm
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They always get Georgians to

They always get Georgians to pay for these power plants, and even pay for the same energy to be shipped out to Texas. You'd think that with 2 commercial reactors next door we'll have plenty of energy in the area -- that is until we get brownouts in summer. We're paying for it, but the energy isn't staying in the state to even benefit from it. Need more than an investigation about spending, we need an investigation of how and why our public officials can approve such robbery.

basinincrisis
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basinincrisis 04/14/09 - 04:06 pm
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More reactors? The Basin has

More reactors? The Basin has two at Keowee, we will have four in Waynesboro, if the Vogtle expansion is approved, there is already one at the SRS, I believe, and now we are talking of adding more? I'm assuming these will all need water for cooling, as in, from the River. Six of the last ten years the SRB has been in one form of drought or another. Where is our basin commission when we need it? Is anybody watching, listening, or planning on what will become of the SRB if all these plans are implemented? Do we say goodbye to the upper basin reservoirs and all they mean to the folks who count on them as the economic engine for NE GA and Upstate SC? Where do we get our drinking water when all of the river is used for cooling and assimilative capacity. What happens with global warming and the salt water wedge moving up into the estruary?

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