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💣MOX Processing Facility💣

Aiken, South Carolina

An American Taxpayer Horror Story

Obama vs Putin/GOP

A Grand Conspiracy of Epic Proportions

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‼️Historical Background:‼️

4/4/2014: Nuclear disposal agreement could bring Russia, U.S. to negotiating table

washingtonexaminer.com/nuclear-dispos…
📌At issue is a Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, or MOX, project in Aiken, S.C., that is supposed to convert weapons-grade plutonium into commercial nuclear fuel.
washingtonexaminer.com/nuclear-dispos…
📌2014: The Energy Department has mothballed the project, citing cost overruns that put the total bill at $30 billion by the time it is constructed in 2019, and is exploring other options.
washingtonexaminer.com/nuclear-dispos…
📌2014: “This is a very important dialogue that we need to have with the Congress b/c, frankly, the issue is, is $30B lifetime something that can be supported?" Energy Sec Ernest Moniz said at a House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee hearing.
washingtonexaminer.com/nuclear-dispos…
📌2014: The project is the linchpin of the U.S. side of a 2010 agreement between the two countries to each dispose of 34 metric tons of the plutonium. Russia would have to agree to any alternative.
washingtonexaminer.com/nuclear-dispos…
📌2014: That has led Republicans in the House and the Senate to express concern that shuttering MOX entirely would allow Russia to back out of the plutonium disposal deal.
washingtonexaminer.com/nuclear-dispos…
📌2014: Moniz said that he has been in touch with Sergei Kirienko, who runs Russia's state-owned nuclear energy firm Rosatom, about the cost difficulties MOX presented.

But Russia's annexation of Crimea ground those conversations to a halt.
washingtonexaminer.com/nuclear-dispos…
📌📌Important Background:

"It’s clear Putin wants to re-establish Russian hegemony within the space of the former Soviet Union. Ukraine is the biggest prize, that’s what he’s after. The occupation of the Crimea is a step in that direction."
politifact.com/punditfact/sta…
📌📌October 2016:

📌The Russian Retreat From a Post-Cold War Nuclear Deal

📌Putin pulled out of an agreement to dispose of plutonium that could be used in 17,000 nuclear weapons.
theatlantic.com/amp/article/50…
📌2016:

📌Putin accused the U.S. for failing to stand by its side of the agreement, and for the heightened tension between the countries over the Syrian civil war.

📌The deal was originally signed in 2000 and renewed in 2009.
theatlantic.com/amp/article/50…
📌2016:

📌The 16-year-old agreement dealt with stockpiles of weapons-grade plutonium both countries could use to arm future nuclear warheads.

📌Each country had agreed to destroy 34 tons of plutonium, enough to make 17,000 nuclear weapons.
theatlantic.com/amp/article/50…
📌The U.S. had pushed for the deal as a means to end proliferation, and, in later years, out of the fear some of the plutonium could fall into the hands of terrorists. Hillary Clinton, at the time the SOS, helped finalize the deal back in 2009.

theatlantic.com/amp/article/50…
📌RU believes the US hasn’t followed through with its side of the agreement b/c it changed the manner in which it will dispose the plutonium.

📌Although it can’t be made completely unsuitable for use in weapons, it can be made difficult to recover & use.
theatlantic.com/amp/article/50…
📌There are two primary ways to do this: One is to use plutonium to make mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel in nuclear reactors, a process that irradiates the plutonium and makes it extremely hard and costly to revert back into weapons-grade material;
theatlantic.com/amp/article/50…
The second method is known as immobilization, which does the same thing by mixing it with radioactive waste.

theatlantic.com/amp/article/50…
Russia is upset b/c the agreement had called for the first method of disposal.

📌BUT PBO this year (2016)—long after the deal was signed—proposed switching to the second method, b/c it was more cost effective & more difficult to recovert to weapons grade.
theatlantic.com/amp/article/50…
📌Russia allegedly has kept on track with its MOX facility, however the U.S. has not.

📌Construction costs on the Aiken SC facility meant to take the plutonium ballooned 20 percent, and utility companies have resisted using the fuel in their reactors.
theatlantic.com/amp/article/50…
📌Flynn’s plan to build several dozen “proliferation-proof” nuclear power plants across ME, relied heavily on RU interests, which would help build the plants, as well as possibly take possession of spent fuel that could be used to build a nuclear weapon.
fukuleaks.org/web/?p=16503.
📌At issue who would take possession of spent fuel that could be used to build a weapons grade nuclear weapon? Russia or US or ?

📌Did Trump, Flynn (& Sessions & many others) lobby behind the scenes in support of the Aiken MOX facility in support of Putin, GOP and against Obama?
📌Enter the controversy over the Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility in Aiken, South Carolina.

📌2/16: President Barack Obama’s last budget to Congress calls for pulling the plug on the controversial MOX project at Savannah River Site.
columbiabusinessreport.com/news/construct…
📌The DOE plans to switch to a “downblending” alternative rather than convert weapons-grade plutonium and uranium to mixed-oxide fuel (MOX), which could be used for commercial nuclear power.
columbiabusinessreport.com/news/construct…
📌Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a leading supporter of the MOX program, said Obama’s proposal is “going nowhere” and has little support on Capitol Hill. “This isn’t the first time they have proposed halting the MOX program.
columbiabusinessreport.com/news/construct…
💰THIRTY BILLION💰

📌2016: Originally estimated to cost $4.9B, projections have zoomed to $7.7B, Energy Department (DOE) estimates that the project to build the facility could cost $30B to finish in 2019, three years past the original completion date.
columbiabusinessreport.com/news/construct…
📌”It is high time that the Obama administration abandon the MOX program and move on to more sensible alternatives,” said Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist in the UCS Global Security Program.
columbiabusinessreport.com/news/construct…
📌“There are options that will cost far less, be completed more quickly, and not create the unnecessary security risks inherent in the MOX-based approach.”

📌📌The biggest security danger is bad guys reconverting MOX to weapons grade nuclear material.
columbiabusinessreport.com/news/construct…
‼️PBO vs Putin/GOP‼️

📌📌2016: The Obama adm’s plan to pull the plug on an unfinished, $5-billion nuclear plant has brought together some unlikely allies – the South Carolina congressional delegation and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
fresnobee.com/news/politics-…
📌📌2016: The mixed oxide (MOX) facility in Aiken, S.C., is part of a 2000 nonproliferation agreement with Russia that calls for the two countries to dispose of 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium.
fresnobee.com/news/politics-…
📌CB&I AREVA MOX Services, is the contractor responsible for construction of the SRS Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility.

aikenstandard.com/news/mox-not-i…
1/16: Westinghouse Electric Company announced that the company received approval to complete the company’s acquisition of CB&I Stone & Webster Inc., the nuclear construction and integrated services business of Chicago Bridge & Iron, or CB&I.
aikenstandard.com/news/mox-not-i…
📌Neither the (Aiken) Savannah River Site’s MOX project nor its contractor will be impacted by a recent sale involving the contractor’s parent company.
aikenstandard.com/news/mox-not-i…
📌📌After years of cost overruns and chronic delays, the Obama administration effectively scrapped the S.C. project in its 2017 budget in favor of a cheaper, faster alternative called downblending.

fresnobee.com/news/politics-…
‼️PBO vs. Putin‼️

📌Problems/Cost overruns stymied/hamstrung the project

“This is not what we agreed on,” Putin said early April 2016

“Russia fulfilled its obligations in this regard and built these facilities, but our American partners did not.”

fresnobee.com/news/politics-…
📌”We find it unfortunate that DOE’s short-sighted efforts to kill MOX have allowed Putin – who is no friend of the US & our foreign policy objectives – to claim the high ground about living up to int’l agreements,” wrote. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott
lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.c…
Oops! Here is the full link to Graham & Scott’s letter:

lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.c…
📌A Senate subcommittee voted for $270M in the federal budget, just enough to stop construction and start closing down the MOX site.

📌Its House counterpart pushed for the original level of funding, $340 million, which would keep construction going.
fresnobee.com/news/politics-…
📌📌At the request of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, state attorney general Alan Wilson sued the Energy Department in February over its failure to complete the plant.

📌Litigation begins

fresnobee.com/news/politics-…
📌📌To make a very long story short a massive amount of litigation over this issue has ensued for the last THREE years.

📌📌📌All at the expense of the AMERICAN taxpayer.
📌At issue as of 10/18:

South Carolina’s politicians are still fighting to keep federal tax dollars flowing to the project marred by schedule delays, cost overruns and millions of dollars of questionable spending for the construction site in Aiken County.
postandcourier.com/business/trump…
📌10/18: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, Gov. Henry McMaster and other elected officials are hoping to convince Trump to personally intervene and overrule U.S. Energy Sec Rick Perry, who, like his predecessors, called for the costly project to be set aside. 
postandcourier.com/business/trump…
💰48.8 BILLION TO FINISH CONSTRUCTION💰

If the project is scrapped, a decade of work & more than $7.6B in taxpayer money will be abandoned.

But federal officials say that’s far better than spending an additional $48.8 billion to finish the construction.
postandcourier.com/business/trump…
📌”It’s a slow-motion train wreck,” said Edwin Lyman, an official with the Union for Concerned Scientists who has closely followed the MOX program and advocated for its cancellation.

📌”At this point, DOE is just trying to move it off the tracks.”
postandcourier.com/business/trump…
📌South Carolina’s Republican leaders say tried everything they could to keep the construction project and the more than 1,000 related jobs alive over the past five years. They filed lawsuits. #GravyTrain 💰💰💰
postandcourier.com/business/trump…
📌South Carolina politicians & others lobbied to keep money for the project in the federal budget.
💰💰💰

📌📌And they attempted to discredit federal reports criticizing the delayed project. 
postandcourier.com/business/trump…
‼️Oh Noooos🙄‼️

📌The flood of campaign contributions from the companies charged with building the massive factory are likely to dry up too, now that their lucrative contract is set to end. #Pay2Play #Bribery #RICO
postandcourier.com/business/trump…
Over the past decade, the contractors managing the sprawling construction site near Aiken have spent nearly half a million dollars bankrolling the campaigns of SC’s highest elected officials, GOP & DEMs alike. 

#Pay2Pay #RICO #Bribery
postandcourier.com/business/trump…
📌📌Those contractors include Chicago Bridge & Iron, which was recently taken over by McDermott, and Aerva, a French company that now goes by the name Orano.
postandcourier.com/business/trump…
📌📌📌The large campaign contributions were mostly directed to South Carolina’s congressional incumbents — the people who had the ability to ensure the spigot of federal money for the project didn’t get shut off.💰💰💰💰
postandcourier.com/business/trump…
📌📌📌But the companies also doled out cash to McMaster, Attorney General Alan Wilson, former Gov. Nikki Haley, and the state’s Republican and Democratic parties. 

📌Watch this space, this scandal is huge. #RICO
postandcourier.com/business/trump…
💣Horror Story 4 US Taxpayer💣

📌📌That campaign cash picked up between 2013 and 2016, as PBO’s adm attempted to officially put an end to what one federal lawmaker called a “horror story for the American taxpayer.” 
postandcourier.com/business/trump…
📌📌📌By that point, the contractors’ forecast price tag for the facility was more than six times larger than the expected cost in 2002. The federal government’s estimates were even higher.

💰$48.8 BILLION💰
postandcourier.com/business/trump…
📌📌Department of Energy officials cited the project’s unfinished design, questionable schedule, massive cost overruns and a history of wasted and ruined parts. #MoneyPit💰💰💰
postandcourier.com/business/trump…
📌Those concerns about the project weren’t well received in SC. Each time the Obama adm tried to cut off funding, the state’s powerful congressional delegation stepped in and reinstated hundreds of millions of dollars for the struggling project. #MoneyPit
postandcourier.com/business/trump…
📌Of course Graham attacked the Obama adm for not considering the “interests of South Carolina.” He blamed the federal government for its “poor oversight” of the project.

📌What about State Congressional oversight? 🤔 Too busy keeping the 💰spigot open?
postandcourier.com/business/trump…
💣Final Ruling💣

👉🏼A final ruling affirming the Department of Energy's termination of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility project at Savannah River Site (Aiken) was issued Tuesday 1/8/19 by a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va.
augustachronicle.com/news/20190108/…
“This ruling by the app ct is one of the very last nails in the coffin of the problem-plagued MOX project.” “Now, all termination activities at the MOX project must continue apace & the taxpayer must be relieved of the burden the mismanaged project caused.
augustachronicle.com/news/20190108/…
‼️Stay tuned as I am sure many indictments will soon be forthcoming.

An American Taxpayer Horror Story

Obama vs Putin/GOP

Coming soon:
#RICO #Fraud #Graft #Pay2Play etc. #Mob

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Addendum:

Nov 2015:
Foreign Ownership concerns re
China National Nuclear Corporation purchases any part of AREVA SA, will an analysis be done concerning level of influence in management and decisions concerning design and construction of the MOX plant?
nrc.gov/docs/ML1533/ML…
📌Will DOE and/or NRC conduct a Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence review?. If Chinese workers are possibly to be deployed to work at the MOX project ...

H/t @PapaGareBear503
nrc.gov/docs/ML1533/ML…
Will there be a review by DOE of the MOX Facility Security Clearance, to make sure that it complies with the provisions of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended?
H/t @PapaGareBear503
nrc.gov/docs/ML1533/ML…
@LindseyGrahamSC campaign donation from CBI AREVA (Foreign Ownership Concerns of AREVA by Chinese State)

#MOXBoondoogle #Aiken
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