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Jules Chéret Moulin Rouge/ Paris Cancan 1890:
Jules Chéret: Moulin Rouge/ Paris Cancan 1890

89% French State Owned Areva’s Fleecing of America was only made possible with a little help from its friends: the US Congress (see campaign donations at bottom of page), and the US DOE-NNSA. The bungled, over cost, MOX “plutonium” plant was originally an Areva-Shaw project. Then Louisiana based Shaw was bought by Chicago Bridge and Iron (CB&I), which is based in the Netherlands, but seems American and Canadian run. Areva is also part of the WIPP consortium. It may be worth mentioning that Areva is 4.82% owned by the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA). And, at one point Shaw was a co-owner with Toshiba of Westinghouse: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shaw_Group Areva is also fleecing the French taxpayer.

The concrete looks rather worn before it’s even built, but that’s not all…
Cropped Aerial photo of MOX plant taken on April 21,  ©High Flyer, SRS Watch Air Force
Cropped Aerial photo of MOX plant taken on April 21,
©High Flyer, SRS Watch Air Force (www.srswatch.org)

Areva Summary by Year The Center for Responsive Politics, CC-BY-NC-SA-3.0
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From last year’s Government Accountability Office Report regarding the “Plutonium Disposition Program”: “NNSA has not analyzed the underlying, or root, causes of the Plutonium Disposition program construction cost increases to help identify lessons learned and help address the agency’s difficulty in completing projects within cost and schedule, which has led to NNSA’s management of major projects remaining on GAO’s list of areas at high risk of fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement.” From: Highlights of GAO-14-231“, February 2014 (see more below).

From SRS Watch, 22 April 2015 (dated 23 April): “Photos show numerous openings into the MOX plant remain unfinished and that outside security wall (gabion wall) is incomplete. A worker now reports that inside walls are being jackhammered out as they were put in the wrong place. Also, there are more reports of cable trays and piping being improperly installed. Were work orders illegally signed off on, showing work was complete and properly done when that may not have been the case? Is a federal lawsuit for fraud in the works against CB&I AREVA MOX Services?

Is CB&I, part of the CB&I AREVA MOX Services team that has mismanaged the failed MOX project, conducting an investigation into construction problems and the improper signing off of work orders? There are indications that this is the case but the NRC, CB&I AREVA MOX Services and DOE/NNSA are all dodging the issue in response to inquiries by SRS Watch.

We have been told that the push to meet construction schedules resulted in work orders being signed off even though the work was done improperly or not finished. The NRC should monitor any investigation to make sure workers are not being intimidated. Send documentation on this issue to srswatch@gmail.com. Why won’t the media investigate MOX plant construction problems that the NNSA admitted on March 25 during a tour of SRS by SRS Watch and other public interest groups?

Hopefully, the plutonium disposition cost report will be made public in its entirety. The $47-billion+ cost figure we’re hearing for MOX is far beyond the $30-billion figure DOE has been using until now and will likely seal the fate of the MOX project currently being mismanaged by DOE/NNSA and CB&I AREVA MOX Services.” Read more here: http://www.srswatch.org Entire tour report is found here with good pictures: http://www.srswatch.org/uploads/2/7/5/8/27584045/update_on_mox_boondoggle_and_mfff_construction_problems_and_pu_disposition_at_srsapril_9_2015.pdf


Excerpt from Union of Concerned Scientists:
April 22, 2015 – UCS MEDIA UPDATE
The summary confirms that the report estimates the life-cycle cost of the MOX program in real (inflation-adjusted) dollars at a minimum of $47.5 billion. However, it clarifies that this is the “to-go” life-cycle cost estimate and excludes the approximately $4 billion that has already been spent on the program. It also does not include decommissioning, demolition and return-to-greenfield costs. With that in mind, it should be compared to DOE’s 2014 to-go estimate of $25.1 billion. In other words, the report estimates a price tag for the cost of completing the program that is nearly 90 percent more.

Even more eye-opening is the fact that this estimate only applies if annual program expenditures are capped at $500 million per year, which is about $150 million more than Congress is apparently willing to provide. If one assumes a funding cap of $375 million per year, the MOX plant would not start operating until fiscal year 2100 and the to-go life- cycle cost estimated by Aerospace would amount to a whopping $110.4 billion. Because this case corresponds more closely to the current and projected future funding situation for the program, this estimate is the more appropriate one to use…http://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/attach/2015/04/nuclear-m-doe-mox-report-2015.pdf Read entire UCS press release at http://www.srswatch.org (Savannah River Site Watch has as its lead in title: “SIZZLING HOT MOX NEWS from the Union of Concerned Scientists – Washington, DC“)

For everything that you want to know about this project, and more, please refer to the http://www.srswatch.org web site.

From the GAO in February 2014
Highlights of GAO-14-231

Usually the Center for Responsive Politics has had a disclaimer saying (something similar to) these are not direct donations but rather donated by individuals connected to companies in some way. Presumably that’s the case here. More details are available at the links.

Areva 2014:


Total to Republicans: $71,850
Total to Democrats: $48,600
Wilson, Joe (R-SC) $8,000
Kaptur, Marcy (D-OH) $7,600
Simpson, Mike (R-ID) $7,500
Clyburn, James E (D-SC) $6,000
Barrow, John (D-GA) $5,500
Frelinghuysen, Rodney (R-NJ) $5,000
Goodlatte, Bob (R-VA) $5,000
Israel, Steve (D-NY) $3,500
Pittenger, Robert (R-NC) $3,500
Shimkus, John M (R-IL) $3,500
Fattah, Chaka (D-PA) $3,000
Fleischmann, Chuck (R-TN) $3,000
Hurt, Robert (R-VA) $3,000
Lujan, Ben R (D-NM) $3,000
Rice, Tom (R-SC) $3,000
Royce, Ed (R-CA) $3,000
McCarthy, Kevin (R-CA) $2,500
Whitfield, Ed (R-KY) $2,500
Hastings, Doc (R-WA) $2,350
Duncan, Jeff (R-SC) $2,000
Harper, Gregg (R-MS) $2,000
Hoyer, Steny H (D-MD) $2,000
Kilmer, Derek (D-WA) $2,000
Newhouse, Dan (R-WA) $2,000
Smith, Adam (D-WA) $2,000
Visclosky, Pete (D-IN) $2,000
Graham, Malcolm (D-NC) $1,500
Johnson, Hank (D-GA) $1,500
LoBiondo, Frank A (R-NJ) $1,500
Brooks, Mo (R-AL) $1,000
Butterfield, G K (D-NC) $1,000
Cantor, Eric (R-VA) $1,000
Courtney, Joe (D-CT) $1,000
Cummings, Elijah E (D-MD) $1,000
Eshoo, Anna (D-CA) $1,000
Garamendi, John (D-CA) $1,000
Graves, Tom (R-GA) $1,000
Griffith, Morgan (R-VA) $1,000
Kinzinger, Adam (R-IL) $1,000
Levin, Sander (D-MI) $1,000
Matheson, Jim (D-UT) $1,000
Mulvaney, Mick (R-SC) $1,000
Nunnelee, Alan (R-MS) $1,000
Pastor, Ed (D-AZ) $1,000
Pearce, Steve (R-NM) $1,000
Rush, Bobby L (D-IL) $1,000
Scalise, Steve (R-LA) $1,000
Upton, Fred (R-MI) $1,000
Valadao, David (R-CA) $1,000
Walden, Greg (R-OR) $1,000
Hudson, Richard (R-NC) $500

Total to Democrats: $49,000
Total to Republicans: $28,100
Hagan, Kay R (D-NC) $10,000
Warner, Mark (D-VA) $8,000
Landrieu, Mary L (D-LA) $6,500
Murray, Patty (D-WA) $6,500
Graham, Lindsey (R-SC) $6,000
Tillis, Thom (R-NC) $5,000
Scott, Tim (R-SC) $4,000
McConnell, Mitch (R-KY) $3,600
Booker, Cory (D-NJ) $3,500
Heinrich, Martin (D-NM) $3,000
Cochran, Thad (R-MS) $2,500
Coons, Chris (D-DE) $2,000
Kaine, Tim (D-VA) $2,000
Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK) $2,000
Udall, Tom (D-NM) $1,500
Alexander, Lamar (R-TN) $1,000
Blumenthal, Richard (D-CT) $1,000
Cardin, Ben (D-MD) $1,000
Carper, Tom (D-DE) $1,000
Coats, Dan (R-IN) $1,000
Mikulski, Barbara A (D-MD) $1,000
Osborn, Shane (R-NE) $1,000
Sessions, Jeff (R-AL) $1,000
Udall, Mark (D-CO) $1,000
Vitter, David (R-LA) $1,000
Wyden, Ron (D-OR) $1,000
Inhofe, James M (R-OK) $0
Based on data released by the FEC on March 09, 2015.
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Chicago Bridge and Iron, 2014

Total to Republicans: $83,000
Total to Democrats: $31,500

Simpson, Mike (R-ID) $10,000
Wilson, Joe (R-SC) $10,000
Scalise, Steve (R-LA) $9,000
Whitfield, Ed (R-KY) $9,000
Brady, Kevin (R-TX) $7,500
Clyburn, James E (D-SC) $7,500
Boustany, Charles W Jr (R-LA) $6,500
Frelinghuysen, Rodney (R-NJ) $6,000
Lynch, Stephen F (D-MA) $5,500
Richmond, Cedric (D-LA) $5,500
Shimkus, John M (R-IL) $5,000
Duncan, Jeff (R-SC) $4,000
Kaptur, Marcy (D-OH) $4,000
Andrews, Robert E (D-NJ) $3,500
Fleischmann, Chuck (R-TN) $3,000
Fleming, John (R-LA) $3,000
McGovern, James P (D-MA) $3,000
Mulvaney, Mick (R-SC) $3,000
Graves, Garret (R-LA) $2,500
Barrow, John (D-GA) $2,000
Centilli, Doug (R-TX) $1,500
Murphy, Tim (R-PA) $1,000
Poe, Ted (R-TX) $1,000
Thornberry, Mac (R-TX) $1,000
Busch, Elizabeth Colbert (D-SC) $500

Total to Democrats: $26,000
Total to Republicans: $20,500
Scott, Tim (R-SC) $9,000
Landrieu, Mary L (D-LA) $7,500
Nunn, Michelle (D-GA) $7,000
Graham, Lindsey (R-SC) $4,500
Hagan, Kay R (D-NC) $4,000
Warner, Mark (D-VA) $3,000
Cornyn, John (R-TX) $2,500
Reid, Harry (D-NV) $2,500
Cochran, Thad (R-MS) $2,000
Cassidy, Bill (R-LA) $1,000
Mikulski, Barbara A (D-MD) $1,000
Udall, Mark (D-CO) $1,000
Vitter, David (R-LA) $1,000
Ayotte, Kelly (R-NH) $500
Based on data released by the FEC on March 09, 2015″
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Areva ownership explained here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State-owned_enterprise#France