SRS getting $1.615 billion, will add up to 3,000 jobs

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 11:57 AM
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Savannah River Site will receive $1.615 billion from President Obama’s economic stimulus package, according to U.S. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu.

The allocation, which will create about 3,000 jobs and speed up cleanup of contaminated areas, is part of $6 billion in environmental funding that will be distributed to similar sites in 12 states.

SRS, with pending projects that include decommissioning two nuclear material production reactors, is second only to the Hanford Site in Washington in the amout of funding it will receive.

Hanford’s share of the stimulus package will be $1.635 billion.

SRS officials have scheduled a formal announcement later today to discuss the funding and its impact on the local economy.

Current employment at SRS is about 11,000. New jobs financed with stimulus package dollars are expected to enable earlier completion of cleanup programs that include shipping more than 4,500 cubic meters of waste out of South Carolina and reduce the site’s industrial area by 40 percent, or 79,000 acres, by September 2011.

Other rojects identified for funding will focus on accelerating cleanup of soil and groundwater and cleaning and demolishing former weapons complex facilities, Dr. Chu said in a press release today.

“These investments will put Americans to work while cleaning up contamination from the cold war era,” he said. “It reflects our commitment to future generations as well as to help local economies get moving again.”

Other allocations announced today include: Oak Ridge, Tenn., $755 million; Office of River Protection, Wash., $326 million; Idaho National Laboratory, $468 million; Los Alamos National Labotatory, N.M., $172 million; Brookhaven and West Valley, N.Y., $148 million; Miamisburg and Portsmouth, Ohio, $138 million; Moab, Utah, $108 million;Argonne National Laboratory, Ill., $99 million; Paducah, Ky., $79 million; sites in California, $62 million; Nevada Test Site, $44 million; headquarters and oversight, $70 million; and various other programs, $69 million.

The Augusta Chronicle, citing an internal Energy Department document distributed to economic development groups, first reported the stimulus funding for SRS on Feb. 26.

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voluptuously_auburn1
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voluptuously_auburn1 03/31/09 - 12:06 pm
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bring on the jobs!!!!!! when

bring on the jobs!!!!!! when does hiring start??!

Debster
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Debster 03/31/09 - 01:24 pm
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Do you realize how difficult

Do you realize how difficult it is to get a job at SRS unless you know somebody who knows somebody? I don't expect this stimulus windfall to create as many jobs as is being touted. I guess time will tell.

factchecker1
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factchecker1 03/31/09 - 01:59 pm
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"The Augusta Chronicle,

"The Augusta Chronicle, citing an internal Energy Department document distributed to economic development groups, first reported the stimulus funding for SRS on Feb. 26."

Points off for ambiguity, folks: the Aiken Standard reported on the possibility of SRS as a stimulus recipient over a month before The Augusta Chronicle did:

http://www.aikenstandard.com/Local/0113SRSInvestment

And then they followed up on the story, as well:

http://www.aikenstandard.com/Local/0114SRSBillionsDay2
http://www.aikenstandard.com/Local/News-0115-SRSdollars
http://www.aikenstandard.com/Local/0129stimulus
http://www.aikenstandard.com/Local/0218SRSStimulus

And, lo and behold, they were opining about it as recently as recently as 11 days ago:

http://www.aikenstandard.com/editorial/0320-editorsnote

So, yes, you folks may have first reported on this possibility on Feb. 26, but it seems your competition across the river beat you to the scoop, no?

bsbr032581
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bsbr032581 03/31/09 - 02:01 pm
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And even if you know somebody

And even if you know somebody it's still pretty difficult.

noway
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noway 03/31/09 - 02:07 pm
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who cares who broke the story

who cares who broke the story first - only news organizations care.

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 03/31/09 - 02:45 pm
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While there may be some

While there may be some short-term jobs, like for 2-3 years, how will this impact longer-term employees? More jobs now for fewer later, it seems. None of this is being done in a transparent manner, as promised. Plus, DOE hopes to "leverage" these clean-up funds into what is looking like a spent fuel dump or reprocessing plant at SRS, thus making South Carolina the nation's nuclear dump. No thanks if that's the goal of DOE and narrow special interests.

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Niko Mahs 03/31/09 - 03:28 pm
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$17 Billion to General

$17 Billion to General Motors, $1.7 Billion (10%) of GM funding to the SRS. Each is a vast waste of governmental resources. Of the 11,000 existing employees at SRS, the vast majority of them are working under capacity.

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Fiat_Lux 03/31/09 - 04:29 pm
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And you know this because...?

And you know this because...? Are you employed at SRS, or were you within the last few years?

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 03/31/09 - 04:40 pm
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You are correct Fiat Lux and

You are correct Fiat Lux and the latter is true. No longer employed there but was for almost 18 years.

thoga
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thoga 03/31/09 - 04:41 pm
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A good question is how long

A good question is how long are the jobs going to last? If for clean up projects then I would not think those are long term jobs.

Billy D
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Billy D 03/31/09 - 10:30 pm
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the jobs will last about 30

the jobs will last about 30 months; pretty decent pay, at different levels of responsibilities. If you have previous experience at SRS, well you know some of the ropes, and that would be an advantage to your employer - don't you think?

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KSL 03/31/09 - 10:45 pm
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Let's see. We add jobs and

Let's see. We add jobs and even though they are temporary, they will help to keep the economy healthy in Aiken. Hopefully by 30 months from now, the housing markets in other parts of the country will have improved and those who have been wanting to move to Aiken will be able to. Perhaps by then, there will be new missions for SRS in the way of that green energy O keeps harping on. Looks like win, win, win to me.

NoPartyFan
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NoPartyFan 04/05/09 - 01:55 pm
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Somebody told be you can call

Somebody told be you can call ACTS, Inc, in New Ellenton, SC.

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