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What happened to the US debt? Japan now holds more of the US debt than any other country. The TPP will allow Japan to dump highly radioactive food on the US, since the US allows slightly over 15 times more radiation in food than Japan. That is certainly food for thought. It is especially noteworthy that Japan has hired so many lobbyists for the TPP deal, with a particular focus on agriculture, according to “The Hill“: “Japan launches major blitz on trade“, Apr 28, 2015.
According to Reuters: “By a vote of 397-32, the House approved a measure authorizing funds to help workers who lose their jobs as a result of trade deals, without cutting Medicare health benefits for the elderly to pay for it, as the Senate had proposed.” http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/12/us-usa-trade-idUSKBN0OR1VX20150612?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews
[Friday, 12 June Update: The above seems to have been a related preliminary vote, though we’ve found nothing to clarify. According to today’s Reuters, House Democrats worked with Republicans to “defeat a program that helps American workers who lose their jobs as a result of trade deals.” However, the “House narrowly approved a separate measure to give Obama “fast-track” authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. But the legislation is stuck in the House because … Both measures are included in one bill and both need to be approved before the legislation can clear the House.” Republicans may attempt to get it passed again as soon as Tuesday. (Reuters 12 June 21:48 GMT) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/g9pub2aSgvM/story01.htm%5D
Radioactive Welfare to Work-Radioactive Recovery Act
Primary “Welfare to Work” employers in counties around the Savannah River Nuclear Site include, the Savannah River Nuclear site, as well as a couple of temporary services. The temporary services probably send workers to the Savannah River Nuclear site, as well. One can guess that “Welfare to Work” sends workers to do nuclear work, throughout the US. The South Carolina list of “Who Hires our Welfare Clients?” is found here: https://dss.sc.gov/hires-dss.pdf
Will those Americans made unemployed by the TPP also be sent to Fukushima to clean-up?
120 workers, laid off from a carpet yarn plant, in the neighboring state of Georgia, went to work at the Savannah River site, under the Economic Stimulus-Recovery Act. It should be clear that this is the type of company that would be impacted by the TPP. The Savannah River Site actually had a “tour” of towns with high unemployment rates! This is the sort of scenario one can expect.
There they, like “Welfare to Work” employees, and other US Nuclear workers, would have been allowed exposure of up to 50 mSv per year of radiation. This is 50 times the maximum recommended by the US NRC for the general public and 200 times that recommended by the US EPA for the general public. After two years this would add up to 100 mSv, which according to the National Academy of Sciences BEIR report leads to an estimated risk of one in one hundred for cancer or leukemia. The number may be higher for women. The NRC is debating lowering this amount to an average of 100 mSv over five years, with not more than 50 mSv in one year. Declared pregnant nuclear workers may be exposed to as much as 6 mSv of radiation, though obviously they could be exposed to more. The government is discussing reducing this to 1 mSv. Comment here until June 22nd: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NRC-2009-0279 While they claim the exposure for pregnant women is 5 mSv, it can be 6 mSv after pregnancy declaration, or even more, if the pregnancy isn’t declared soon enough: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/cfr/part020/part020-1208.html
Someone, of course, has to pay for medical treatment for those with cancer, and any disabled children born due to this exposure.
“Road To Recovery Tour Helps Local Yarn Plant Workers Start Job Search
More than 100 attend tour stop after local plant announces closing
Aiken, SC (Oct. 29) – More than 120 people in search of a job stopped by yesterday’s Road To Recovery Tour stop in the small town of Sylvania, Ga. The initiative by the Savannah River Site to offer assistance to those seeking work was especially important in an area where a local yarn plant is now faced with closure.
“I got a call from a Road To Recovery Tour representative last week telling me that the tour was making a stop in our town,” said Heidi Jeffers, Executive Director of the Screven County Chamber of Commerce. “I told him that the tour was coming at the right time for us because one of our largest employers had announced that its plant was closing.”
Sylvania Yarn Systems, Inc. has been a major employer in a town of 15,000 since 1969. This month the commercial carpet manufacturer announced that due to the recession it would close it’s doors by the end of the year – putting 150 employees out of work.
“It’s regrettable that we will be forced to close our doors because we have so many honest, hard working people that have been with us so long,” said company president Don Aaron. “The Road To Recovery Tour is a great help for our company and our town right now. We’ve alerted our employees of the opportunity to have some help in building a good resume and assistance in finding jobs in our area. I’m thankful and I know our employees appreciate the help. I know that a lot of our employees visited the tour yesterday.”
Tour workers worked past the scheduled time for the stop to accommodate first shift workers from the plant – assuring that they had ample time with tour representatives to help build their resumes and provide additional information.
“Two of the people we helped had gone to work at the plant straight from high school when the plant opened in 1969,” explained Jeff Baumgartner, spokesperson for the tour. “They had never held another job and really needed help in building a resume and learning how you go about searching for a job.”
The Road To Recovery Tour is a proactive effort by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) facility to help reduce unemployment in the region. “While the Recovery Act has created new jobs at SRS, we knew that much more could be done to help those who might not have a chance to be part of the Recovery Act at our site,” said Jeffrey Allison, Manager of the DOE’s Savannah River Operations Office.
The Road To Recovery stops are part of a 37-town tour in communities hardest hit by the recession – many with some of the highest unemployment rates in their state. Trained representatives spend time with each visitor to review and help them build a more effective resume and share with them ways to search for job opportunities through the Internet. For many, the new knowledge reveals a number of open jobs fitting their qualifications within driving distance of their homes.
“Our Sylvania, Ga. tour stop is exactly what the tour was designed to help provide,” said Garry Flowers, President and CEO of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the management and operations contractor for SRS. “We are making a positive difference in people’s lives every day on the tour and, doing our best to help people identify new job opportunities or free job training possibilities to help them build new careers.”
“We are going beyond the borders of our plant and our local community to bring help and hope to people who need it the most,” said Flowers.”
South Carolina Welfare Program
The South Carolina Family Independence (FI) program provides time-limited assistance to needy families with dependent children when families cannot provide for their basic needs. The FI Program is designed to serve both single-parent and two-parent families, as well as households with disabled adults. The FI program provides parents or caretaker relatives with job preparation, work, and support services to enable them to leave the program and become self-reliant. It is the policy of the State of South Carolina that personal responsibility and parental responsibility must exist if citizens are to attain independence. The welfare system is based upon a reciprocal agreement between welfare recipients and taxpayers because it is to the benefit of the citizens of the State to transition recipients from welfare to work. The State will temporarily support needy parents by providing cash assistance if they will undertake appropriate steps to attain employment and self-reliance. Family Independence assists families to become economically independent, provides tools to achieve and maintain self-reliance, and deters abuse of the system through fair and meaningful sanctions.
General Program Requirements
Low income families with dependent children under the age of 18 and related to a caretaker within a specified degree, may be eligible for these services. Families must be residents of South Carolina, a US citizen or qualified alien and must assist in pursuing child support from parents absent from the household. You must be willing to seek employment by participating in the up-front work program called JUMMP (Jobs Upfront Mean More Pay) prior to approval of the FI stipend. You must be willing to participate in the FI Work Program after the eligibility determination and continue to take steps to become self-reliant“.
House takes key steps toward ‘fast-track’ vote on Friday Posted:Fri, 12 Jun 2015 01:31:16 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s quest for “fast-track” negotiating authority on a Pacific Rim trade deal passed its initial tests in the House of Representatives on Thursday ahead of a final vote on Friday on contentious trade measures. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/3wiSplpjMvM/story01.htm
Obama quest for fast-track trade bill on ice in House Posted:Fri, 12 Jun 2015 21:48:33 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A raging battle over President Barack Obama’s request for “fast-track” authority central to improving U.S. ties with Asia resumes in the House of Representatives next week when lawmakers are expected to try to reverse Friday’s defeat of linchpin trade legislation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/g9pub2aSgvM/story01.htm