New Manager Named At Troubled Savannah River Site

Mike Gellaty of South Carolina’s  Examiner.Com reports that Dr. Dave Moody will succeed acting site manager Jack Craig as the top Department of Energy (DOE) official at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C. Craig replaced Jeffrey Allison, who remains at SRS and is investigating an accident where an unidentified plant worker was exposed to plutonium.

A veteran DOE administrator with experience at the Rocky Flats Site near Denver, Co. and Los Alamos laboratory in New Mexico, Moody was named as manager of Savannah River Site’s Operations Office, according to a DOEpress release. Moody managed DOE’s Carlsbad Field Office for the last five years and has more than 30 years of experience in project management, research and development, nuclear waste management, and environmental restoration, according to the Department.

He comes to the Savannah River Site at a time when it has received billions in stimulus money with the Government Accountability Office reporting huge problems in the nuclear clean-up effort there. For more click http://www.examiner.com/site-in-columbia/deprtment-of-energy-names-new-manger-for-savannah-river-site?render=print

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Savannah River Site Tank Clean-Up To Cost More and Take Longer

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Aiken, S.C. – Radioactive tank remediation at the Department of Energy Savannah River Site will cost forty percent more than originally estimated and take years longer than contractors and DOE officials estimated. Two huge tank farms, many filled with highly radioactive waste poured into the tanks beginning in the 1950s, made SRS an EPA Superfund site. The waste came from building thermonuclear weapons. At SRS they separated the plutonium and created tritium gas to boost the atomic bombs into hydrogen bombs. All this liquid helps make SRS the most radioactive and dangerous site in the United States.

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VIDEO: Member of Obama’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future praises the discovery of hydraulic fracturing in relation to questions of extended, temporary, onsite nuclear storage

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Washington DC—Former Senator Pete Domenici took a moment during last week’s Blue Ribbon Commission hearing to praise the discovery of the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing. Mr. Domenici claimed that the discovery of hydraulic fracturing has affected the economic competitiveness of nuclear power in the United States.

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All That Nuclear Waste And No Hole to Bury It In

Jim Rosen of McClatchy’s DC Bureau reports that Congress is worried that the Obama Administration’s decision to shutter Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository could delay a new generation of nuclear reactors from coming on line.

Obama has come out for nuclear power in a big way by offering up hefty govertment guaranteed loans to power companies that want to build new nuclear plants. Now another Obama policy, largely designed by the West Wing politicos to keep Harry Reid in the Senate by abandoningYucca Mountain as a waste storage site despite large amounts of Department of Energy money being put into the facility.  For more go here.

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