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Take Action: Tell the Dept. of Energy to Stop Wasting Billions on This Nuclear Boondoggle


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JL
- 394 days ago - action.foe.org
Due to extreme mismanagement, the cost of the MOX factory, currently only 60 percent complete, has soared from $1.8 billion in 2004 to almost $8 billion today, making it one of the most expensive construction projects in U.S. history.



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JL A. (272)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 12:56 pm
Stockpiles of plutonium, created in government-owned nuclear reactors and used for nuclear weapons, pose a massive environmental dilemma for our nation.

In a misguided approach to manage over 50 tons of surplus weapons plutonium, the Department of Energy has been constructing a factory at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina to convert it into nuclear reactor fuel. The production and use of that fuel, called mixed oxide or MOX, poses a host of environmental risks, and so far no energy utilities have been willing to commit to the use of the problematic fuel in their nuclear reactors.

Due to extreme mismanagement, the cost of the MOX factory, currently only 60 percent complete, has soared from $1.8 billion in 2004 to almost $8 billion today, making it one of the most expensive construction projects in U.S. history.

While the Department of Energy remains silent about the overall costs, itís possible there is over $20 billion yet to be spent on the MOX program in its entirety. Even once itís constructed, the cost of the yearly operation of the MOX plant is estimated to be a stunning $540 million per year if the poorly designed facility can start and operate.

All this is money could be going to pursue cheaper plutonium disposal options and to bolster sustainable energy sources, like solar and wind. Our country needs clean, safe energy sources, not this costly, dangerous pork project.

Tell the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the U.S. surplus plutonium as waste instead of a dangerous experimental nuclear plutonium fuel.

Fortunately, in his budget request to Congress in April, President Obama acknowledged the numerous problems with the MOX program and announced that the Department of Energy would assess other plutonium disposal options. Now, itís up to us to encourage them to seek safer, more sustainable alternatives to the wasteful and dangerous MOX program.

Please send a message to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to halt the MOX program and immediately investigate and deploy safe, cleaner safer, cheaper ways to dispose of plutonium as waste.

Together we can move the Department of Energy to make better decisions concerning the perplexing problem posed by plutonium.

Sincerely,
Tom Clements,
Southeastern nuclear campaign coordinator,
Friends of the Earth
 

Kit B. (277)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 1:03 pm

Thank you for telling Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz to stop the production of MOX fuel and begin a plutonium fuel disposition assessment.

So many games in DC that we barely see the tip of the corruption.
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 1:04 pm
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Mary T. (281)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 1:12 pm
Signed & noted - Thank you JL
 

Thomas P. (468)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 2:01 pm
Noted and signed...thanks JL
 

Angelika R. (146)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 2:15 pm
already signed, thx
 

Jim Phillips (3215)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 2:15 pm
Petition signed. What a pork boondoggle!.

Started out from $1.8 billion in 2004 to almost $8 billion today.
And the project is only 60% finished. What a mess...

Ty, JL.
.

 

NicoleAWAY W. (629)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 2:15 pm
Thank you for telling Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz to stop the production of MOX fuel and begin a plutonium fuel disposition assessment.~ thank you JL
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 2:24 pm
You are welcome Mary, Thomas, Angelika, Jim and Nicole.
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gillian brown b. (69)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 2:43 pm
signed!!!
 

Anette S. (24)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 3:55 pm
signed earlier & noted
 

Terry V. (30)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 4:41 pm
S&N THANKS
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 4:44 pm
You are welcome Terry!
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Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 5:05 pm
I have reached the conclusion that if any actions need to be taken by anyone in our government, they will not happen if it includes the words safer, better for the environment, sustainable energy, or common sense approach. Noted, signed, twittered and google shared, thanks JL
 

Vicky P. (462)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 5:22 pm
Noted and signed
 

Judy C. (106)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 6:28 pm
I hope they will scrap this MOX program. Signed. Thanks, J.L.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 6:45 pm
Done
 

Eternal Gardener (704)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 6:52 pm
Just SIGNED!
 

Dandelion G. (382)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 7:48 pm
Thank you for telling Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz to stop the production of MOX fuel and begin a plutonium fuel disposition assessment. - See more at: http://www.foe.org/mox-taf#sthash.ZhEK0Qqp.dpuf
 

chantal v. (324)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 1:29 am
Signed, thank you!
 

Patricia H. (468)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 1:43 am
noted and shared
 

jeanne schreurs (200)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 1:56 am
Signed.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 6:02 am
S&N
 

Ana R (220)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 6:28 am
Gladly done.
Thank you.
 

Ben Oscarsito (355)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 7:30 am
Done!
 

Amy E. (66)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 7:36 am
n/s
 

Emma S. (225)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 8:24 am
Done! Thanks, JL.
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 8:48 am
You are welcome Tamara, Judy, Chantal, Ana Marija and Emma.
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Carol D. (104)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 9:53 am
US only noted
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 10:01 am
Thanks for trying Carol
 

Lisa Neste (694)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 1:00 pm
Thank you for telling Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz to stop the production of MOX fuel and begin a plutonium fuel disposition assessment. - See more at: http://www.foe.org/mox-taf#sthash.t6tNKxxI.dpuf
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 1:37 pm
Thank you for telling Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz to stop the production of MOX fuel and begin a plutonium fuel disposition assessment. Thanks JL.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 4:38 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks, JL.
 

Hartson Doak (32)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 6:56 pm
You do not understand!!! This is not mismanagement. This is the norm for anything construction within the nuclear industry. I worked in the construction phases of three nuclear power plants starting in the 80's. Every job was time and materials. Even if you built it wrong and had to do it over, you were NOT held responsible. Padding the payroll was common. The objective was to milk the project for every dollar that could be squeezed out of it. This recycling, waste recovery project is just another step in the ripping off of the US taxpayer by a corrupt industry that has lied to us from the very beginning.
 

Helen Porter (41)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 12:58 am
Thank you for taking action!
 

Sherri G. (111)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 2:40 am
Thank you JL for posting this very important issue. Signed and Noted. There is a NM boondoggle too where they are mining Uranium threatening indigenous endangered animals. Washington's boondoggles costing taxpayers billions are mounting up plus add in the F35 jet fighter boondoggle costing taxpayers 1.5 Trillion dollars over 10 years. All the while the President wants to cuts social security for seniors and disabled vets? We could feed the poor, educate our children, strengthen SS, process our vets benefit claims, help animals, and much much more. Now the President just today gave corporations a waiver for another year to 2015 to provide employees with health insurance. We have enough plutonium and uranium to blow us to hell.
 

John B. (215)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 3:39 am
Thanks JL for posting the link. Signed and noted.
"Thank you for taking action!"
 

JL A. (272)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 6:32 am
You are welcome Olivia, Sherri and John.
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Debra Tate (17)
Friday July 5, 2013, 12:10 am
signed and noted!
 

Lynn Squance (227)
Friday July 5, 2013, 11:13 pm
signed
 

Aud nordby (704)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 2:57 am
signed & noted
 

JL A. (272)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 6:53 am
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Charlie Rush (49)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 4:43 pm
The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
It never ends!
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 12:22 pm
Signed
 

Julie E. (337)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 1:27 am
Thank you for telling Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz to stop the production of MOX fuel and begin a plutonium fuel disposition assessment. And shared.
 

JL A. (272)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 7:18 am
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