Proposed changes to the government's mixed oxide fuel program drew mixed reactions Tuesday night as supporters and foes shared little common ground.
Savannah River Site is slated for $84 million less in environmental cleanup and energy money in President Bush's budget request for 2006, a 5.9 percent drop over last year's request, federal officials said Monday.
The U.S. Department of Energy might scrap a plan to ship some highly radioactive waste from New York to Savannah River Site, a department official said Tuesday. No money is budgeted in fiscal year 1999 for the project, which would have sent about 300 canisters of high-level waste, encased in glass, from a facility in West Valley, N.Y., to SRS, said Howard Gnann, director of the programs division for the Energy Department's high-level waste operations at SRS.
Taxpayers will spend $46.3 billion during the next four decades to clean up Savannah River Site, the Department of Energy estimated Monday. Good news is, there's an end in sight for one of the largest environmental remediation projects the United States has ever undertaken. According to a draft cleanup strategy released Monday, Accelerating Cleanup: Paths to Closure, SRS expects to close the books on the Cold War in 2038. By then, dozens of underground tanks will have been closed, and their waste stabilized and either shipped off or buried at the plant.
Savannah River Site operator Westinghouse Savannah River Co. "exceeded expectations" in the past six months, departing SRS Manager Mario Fiori has determined. That means the company will earn $13.9 million of the $16.2 million available in award fee money -- or profit -- from the Department of Energy. Westinghouse will also get $6.45 million in performance-based incentives that are tied to certain high-priority projects.
NEW ELLENTON - Westinghouse Savannah River Co. violated federal law when it rebuked an employee for spreading union literature during work hours, a labor board has ruled. Union activists hailed the National Labor Relations Board's finding this week, saying it will boost their 10-month-old campaign at Savannah River Site.
Thank you for your fine June 26 editorial supporting new reactors for Savannah River Site ("Better SRS future?"). Fred Christensen, Aiken, S.C.
AIKEN - After a multimillion-dollar mistake and a ruling by a federal judge in Idaho that could cost them billions, federal energy officials at the Savannah River Site are about to take a $1.4 billion step into the unknown.
The U.S. Department of Energy should not pursue a proposal to use weapons-grade plutonium in fuel for commercial nuclear reactors, nuclear activists told area residents Wednesday. During a meeting at Paine College, representatives from nuclear-watchdog groups urged the public to oppose an Energy Department plan to use mixed-oxide, or MOX, fuel to dispose of some surplus plutonium. Energy Department officials have said Savannah River Site would make such fuel.
The political haze draped over Savannah River Site is about to clear. Very soon, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson will decide where to locate two major defense-related nuclear missions. The site has a chance to land one or both tasks, which would add thousands of jobs to a work force severely depleted by post-Cold War cutbacks. But more importantly, a new mission would ensure that the site has a place in the post-Cold War years, some observers said.