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Oct 07 2015 3:30 PM
Plutonium Disposition and the MOX Project
Rayburn HOB – 2118
Frank G. Klotz, Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration
Mr. John J. MacWilliams, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Thom Mason, Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
For more information and witness testimony click here.
http://docs.house.gov/Committee/Calendar/ByEvent.aspx?EventID=104026 (Nothing there yet).
One of the Congressmen states that CBI-Areva’s US MOX project is a taxpayer horror story and it’s almost Halloween. However, all of the proposed plutonium options are also health and safety horror stories in the making. They need to find a place to put 34 metric tonnes of weapons grade plutonium. Their proposal is to dilute it and place it in WIPP, which is still closed due to an accident, which ejected plutonium and americium throughout the facility and even into the outer environment.
If the AREVA CBI MOX facility construction were to be continued, they would have to re-do 25% of the work. Continuing with the MOX option would cost at least $30 to $50 billion.
It was noted that there was a faulty incentive plan, which was fee-based on the placement of equipment. Thus, sometimes equipment was moved and placed even if it blocked other equipment. Therefore, the US taxpayer paid for it to be placed, moved, and re-placed again.
One of the most amazing parts of this hearing is how the joker witnesses appear to want to kowtow to Russia, even after Russia has invaded Crimea, and Russia is stirring the pot in Syria to keep Europe from freeing itself from dependence on Russia for energy, by means of a pipeline through Syria.
They say they must discuss with Russia whether or not they may be allowed to dispose of the plutonium by means other than MOX plutonium “reprocessing”! They speak of the risk to the Russian agreement. Is this why they were called the “Red Team”, in honor of former KGB officer Putin? See also: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/plan-to-dilute-dispose-disperse-us-plutonium-by-cramming-it-into-collapsing-wipp/
Canadian Thom Mason wishes to cram the already dangerously over-crammed WIPP with more plutonium. He was appointed by US Dept. of Energy Secretary Moniz to assess options to the delayed, cost overrun, and dangerous, Areva-CBI MOX production facility. Mason wants to put more more plutonium into WIPP, which is currently inoperable due to a plutonium-americium radioactive whoops.
Was Thom Mason nervous? How much water did he drink?
Apparently Thom Mason now proposes that this be done by putting higher concentrations of plutonium oxide and perhaps by changing how the amount is measured (i.e. whether or not the container is included), as opposed to trying to stuff more containers into it, since there’s no more space to stuff the containers.
Overcrowding at WIPP made addressing the accident-cleanup more difficult
Frank Klotz was commander of Airforce Global Strike Command (for US Nuclear Weapons); MacWilliams has ties to Goldman Sachs and Stanford, as does Doug Kimmelman, who owns EnergySolutions nuclear waste company, which has been involved in the WIPP accident, Fukushima water clean-up failure; owns the leaking Barnwell Nuclear Waste site, and the junk-yard looking Clive Nuclear Waste Dump.
They are still present at Sellafield, too.
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/when-investment-bankers-deal-in-nuclear-waste-for-investment-profit-we-need-to-be-very-scared/ See more about MacWilliams and Thom Mason further below.
Savannah River Site Watch had a wish-list of questions to be answered at the hearing regarding the MOX project: “Will MOX plant construction problems and possible “wa$te, fraud and abu$e and mi$management” – a GAO term – by CB&I AREVA MOX $ERVICE$ (and other contractors?) in construction and construction inspection be reviewed? Will the “significant re-work” issues flagged by the Red Team – of improperly installed piping and wiring that may have been ripped out of the MOX plant – be discussed?… At the hearing, will MOX plant construction problem be fully reviewed? Due to waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement, this matter, which SRS Watch has been raising for well over a year, needs a full investigation. See SRS Watch UPDATE of April 9, 2015 for information about some construction problems: http://tinyurl.com/lsgkxfa
The NRC has been alerted about MOX plant construction problems but refuses to inspect or investigate. You can see that SRS Watch has flagged this issue to the NRC in a January 2015 meeting and that the NRC has taken a big dodge on this troubling and potentially criminal matter:
1. SRS Watch statement of MOX problems, January 15, 2015
2. NRC response to SRS questions
3. NRC letter to SRS Watch, April 1, 2015
Rumor is that CB&I investigated itself about improper signing off on MOX plant construction work orders. But has the DOE’s Inspector General or GAO or police authorities investigated?” Read this and much, much more here: http://www.srswatch.org
It is worth recalling that Areva is a French State owned company, and has been under investigation by France for years in the Uramin Scandal. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/30billion-plutonium-pu-fuel-project-good-for-france-bad-for-america-areva-mox-ca-pue-pe-yoo/
About the Joker Witnesses
(You may use the definition(s) of joker which you find most appropriate.)
Klotz is a military man who has been responsible for US nuclear weapons https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Klotz
Canadian Thom Mason wishes to cram more plutonium into the already dangerously over-crammed WIPP. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/plan-to-dilute-dispose-disperse-us-plutonium-by-cramming-it-into-collapsing-wipp/
MacWilliams: Moniz-MIT Connection (2003)
“The Future of Nuclear Power” MIT, 2003 which had the now head of the US DOE, Ernest J. Moniz as Co-Chair of Study Participants and John J. MacWilliams, Partner, The Tremont Group, LLC, on the Advisory Committee stated: “Our principal recommendations on waste management are:
The DOE should augment its current focus on Yucca Mountain with a balanced long-term waste management R&D program.
A research program should be launched to determine the viability of geologic disposal in deep boreholes within a decade.
A network of centralized facilities for storing spent fuel for several decades should be established in the U.S. and internationally.” (p. 11)
“The modeling project’s research and analysis effort should only encompass technology pathways that do not produce weapons-usable material during normal operation… The closed fuel cycle currently practiced in Western Europe and Japan, known as PUREX/MOX, does not meet this criterion. (pp. 14-15)
MacWilliams: Goldman Sachs-Stanford Connection Shared with EnergySolutions Nuclear Waste Dump Owner
“John J. MacWilliams was appointed in August 2015 as Associate Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. He also serves as the Department’s Chief Risk Officer and advances Secretarial priorities of enterprise-wide approaches to innovative finance, risk management, project management, nuclear and cyber security.
Mr. MacWilliams joined the Department in May 2013 as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary, serving as his senior finance advisor and a member of his national security team. Prior to DOE, he was a partner of Tremont Energy Partners, LLC, a private investment firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that was formed in 2003. Prior to Tremont, he was Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, at JP Morgan Chase and a Partner of JP Morgan Partners. Mr. MacWilliams was a founding partner in 1993 of The Beacon Group, LLC, a private investment firm located in New York, which was acquired by JPMorgan Chase in 2000. He was also Partner and Co-Head of the Beacon Group Energy Investment Funds, a portfolio of more than 30 global private equity investments throughout the energy industry, ranging from traditional (oil and gas, coal mining, petrochemicals, pipelines), to early-stage venture (micro-turbines, power technology, fuel cells, smart grid, and environmental controls). Prior to the formation of The Beacon Group, Mr. MacWilliams was with Goldman Sachs & Co., where he was head of Goldman Sachs’ international structured finance group based in London. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he was an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York.
Mr. MacWilliams is a former member of the Board of Directors of Alliance Resource Partners, LP; Compagnie Generale de Geophysique; Longhorn Partners Pipeline, LP; SmartSynch, Inc., Soft Switching Technologies, Inc., and Titan Methanol Company. He has also served as a Trustee of the Berklee College of Music, and on the Boards of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership, and the Alumni Council of Phillips Academy Andover. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.”
The CEO of Energy Solutions since June of 2012 has been David Lockwood who was a former Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. He joined the board of EnergySolutions in November of 2010. The CEO, and most partners, of Energy Capital Partners (who currently own Energy Solutions) are former Goldman Sachs managing directors. The CEO, Doug Kimmelman, was a Goldman Sachs managing director and partner.
Energy Solutions at WIPP
According to the DOE- Office of Inspector General (OIG): “Notably, Los Alamos National Security, LLC and its subcontractor, Energy Solutions, added potentially incompatible materials to waste stored in drums during the waste remediation process at LANL’s Waste Characterization, Reduction and Repackaging Facility (WCRRF)…. As noted, the specific cause of the radioactive release at WIPP has not been determined. Yet, the addition of these potentially incompatible materials to nitrate bearing TRU waste drums during the waste remediation process has resulted in problems that the Department will ultimately need to address. Such actions, likely costly, will require additional efforts to examine the storage, relocation and processing of the remaining drums containing the potentially incompatible materials at LANL, WIPP and at a temporary waste storage facility the Department used when WIPP shipments were interrupted… in September 2013, Los Alamos National Security, LLC and Energy Solutions began using a liquid acid neutralizer with an ingredient that was highly reactive with oxidizers and was, therefore, potentially incompatible with the nitrate salts. According to a Department official, the majority of the nitrate salt bearing drums that had liquids was neutralized with this particular liquid acid neutralizer.” http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2014/10/f18/DOE-IG-0922.pdf
About EnergySolutions ALPS system:
“Tepco halts ALPS water cleanup system at Fukushima nuke plant” JIJI, MAR 18, 2014
“Tokyo Electric Power Co. halted the operations of all three advanced radioactive water cleanup systems, collectively called Advanced Liquid Processing System, or ALPS, at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant on Tuesday.”
Someone with a similar background to John J. MacWilliams and a frightening choice for “environmental management” of nuclear waste:
“PAUL M. DABBAR – EMAB BOARD MEMBER
Paul Dabbar is Managing Director in the Global Mergers & Acquisitions Group, and Head of Power and Gas Mergers & Acquisitions at J.P. Morgan, the investment banking division of JPMorgan Chase & Co. He has been financial advisor on over $250 billion in M&A transactions, including corporate mergers, subsidiary sales and purchases, government privatizations, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, private equity transactions, and unsolicited corporate transactions for companies in the energy sector, including nuclear, as well as in the industrials and financial institutions sectors.
JPMorgan Chase & Co., a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.0 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset and wealth management, and private equity.
Selected investment banking experience includes:
Advised on several large corporate combinations, including the $45BN leveraged buyout of TXU Corp. (the largest global leveraged buyout ever), and the mergers of Lattice plc and National Grid Group, Duke Energy and Progress Energy, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bear Stearns
Advised Nicor on its $3BN merger with AGL Resources, Électricité de France on its $6.5BN successful unsolicited series of transactions with Constellation Energy, Energy East on its $9BN merger with Iberdrola, EnergySouth on its $817MM merger with Sempra Energy, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on its $1.7BN acquisition of RBS Sempra Commodities
Advised on a majority of nuclear transactions, including sales of 20 nuclear generating units (including Millstone, Duane Arnold, Point Beach, Indian Point, Palo Verde, Ginna, Nine Mile Point, Vermont Yankee, Seabrook, Fitzpatrick, Palisades, and Clinton), EdF’s purchase of 50% of Constellation Nuclear (encompassing Calvert Cliffs, Nine Mile Point, and Ginna nuclear plants), the privatization of USEC, and the sale of Westinghouse to BNFL
Mr. Dabbar also currently lectures on corporate finance in the Economics Department at the U.S. Naval Academy, is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Management Advisory Board, and is chairman of his U.S. Naval Academy class fundraising board.
Prior to J.P.Morgan, Mr. Dabbar was a nuclear submarine officer, serving on board the U.S.S. Pintado (SSN-672) out of Mare Island, CA, and Pearl Harbor, HI, where he completed deployments to places including the North Pole and South America. He also worked at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory conducting U.S. Department of Defense research.
Mr. Dabbar has a B.S. with merit in marine engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a M.B.A. from Columbia University. He also completed the U.S. Naval nuclear program’s Engineer’s School.” http://energy.gov/em/contributors/paul-m-dabbar
“The mission of the Office of Environmental Management (EM) is to complete the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.
The EM program has made significant progress in shifting away from risk management to embracing a mission completion philosophy based on reducing risk and reducing environmental liability. As an established operating cleanup completion and risk reduction program, EM is demonstrating the importance of remaining steadfast to operating principles while staying focused on the mission. For example:
EM is decontaminating and decommissioning facilities that provide no further value to reduce long-term liabilities and maximize resources for cleanup.”
Note 1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran-Iraq-Syria_pipeline And, general knowledge that Europe has wanted to free itself from energy dependence on Russia, since Russia cut off their heating gas supply in the past.