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Sen. Schumer Urges DOE To Speed Up Buying Schedule For RHI Monofrax Product

February 19, 2013

FALCONER — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is pushing the Department of Energy to clean up its act when it comes to buying from a local company....

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Feb-20-13 7:48 AM

Schumer is a notorious publicity hog. He will create a press opportunity....even when one does not exist. It is a joke in DC that the most dangerous place is between him and a camera.

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Feb-20-13 6:35 AM

Agree with 4real, how come Edwards and our county legislators haven't mentioned it?I have seen a news Niagra falls and other counties already has done just that, yet Edwards and this county say/do nothing? we need representation at county that has all our interest at heart and represent.

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Feb-19-13 6:08 PM

Instead of Edwards showing up for photo op he should do what other counties are doing and repealing Cuomo "safe gun act" !!!oops he swore to protect and up hold the constitution imagine that

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Feb-19-13 12:47 PM

Why can't we operate the plant for a full year, make a ten year supply for the FEDS, then operate again in 10 years for the FEDS.

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Feb-19-13 12:45 PM

Great photo op for next election, see no liberty, hear no rights, tell what he wants you to hear.

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Feb-19-13 12:37 PM

The Righties foresight ends at the end of there own nose. It will obviously be cheaper in the long run to make a large purchase now. The Righties always want to avoid the future. This is how they managed to destroy the entire World economy in 6 years.

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Feb-19-13 11:03 AM

Love this photo of Sen.Chuck Schumer. PERFECT! A blinder and ear plugs... what he puts on when he comes to Western NY. He hears and listens to nobody but himself.

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Feb-19-13 8:46 AM

Schumer is just another annoying democrat that likes talking and nothing of any quality comes out. I would not trust him. Just a liar looking out for himself not the state.

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Feb-19-13 8:06 AM

Basically this is Schumer using a sound bite to making a case against govenment sequester. They want to keep spending and borrowing from the Chinese and put more debt today on the backs of our chidren and our children's children instead of fixing the out of control government spending problem now. RHI-Monofrax is overstating the importance of it's product just as all companies tha rely on large governmen contracts do to insure that exclusive contract keeps paying out.

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Feb-19-13 7:19 AM

Why in the world are we not building more nuke plants? Everyone else is

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Feb-19-13 7:05 AM

papa; thanks for the calification and insight. We are left at the mercy of political soundbites that the PJ desires to print. Don't shoot the messinegr on this. Write to the publisher and ask why soundbites were printed instead of valid arguments. I still disagree with stockpiling but I would agree with cutting other areas of the fed budget to safely store nuclear waste and perhaps begin a program to restart a nuclear energy program. If the feds spent money wisely we would not need this type of photo op; ie $11MM for a bus stop in jamestown.

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Feb-19-13 6:42 AM

The D.O.E. would not have to wait for us to ramp up production, get everything to specs, and ship the material. This is a very time consuming process, and can't be done on a moments notice. Current lead times are 12-26 weeks for production and shipping. Meanwhile the Hanford Nuclear Waste repository is leaking at a rate of 100-300 gallons of highly radioactive waste per year. This order is a win-win situation for all. Our facility is allowed to remain in business for years to come, and the nuclear waste produce from the making of plutonium used in the atomic bomb production process is cleaned up and stored in the absolute safest method known to exist. That is why it is so important that this gets done ASAP.

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Feb-19-13 6:33 AM

I am currently, and have been for the past 26 years, an employee of RHI-Monofrax. I have spent the past 9 months meeting with elected officials, State and U.S. senators, State and U.S. Congressmen, and others. Unless you are familiar with the process that goes into making this refractory product, you really can't begin to understand the scope of this matter. We have been developing and refining this certain material for the past 30 years. We are the only supplier of this product IN THE WORLD that has been approved by the D.O.E. for nuclear waste vitrification. The Chinese are working on it, but are about 20 years away from our progress. If the D.O.E were to go ahead with this order, with our capacity and technology, we could produce the $75M worth of material in 3 1/2 years. Not only would the D.O.E. have the available material to convert nuclear waste into glass ingots for safe disposal any time they need it.

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Feb-19-13 6:08 AM

what a phony piece of crap.

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Feb-19-13 5:51 AM

Good points citizen99. I'm not sure if it's the case here, but we should not put exceptions on poor federal/state spending just because the money is to be spent in your local area.

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Feb-19-13 5:41 AM

Both little Chucky and Barry should be shamed for their absolute failure to lead and fulfill their Constitutional pledge!

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Feb-19-13 5:38 AM

Rarely do I agree with Fed Agencies but on this one I do. Stockpile a 25 yr supply? DOE is excerising good inventory control as I am sure that RHI is. The cost of small runs should have been calculated into the contract bid. If not shame on RHI. Is Edwards supporting the government purchase of more than what current needs are? Where are the reporter followup questions. Does the mayor & the new DOD director support the feds or for that matter local govt. stockpiling of material not needed for 10-15 yrs.

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Feb-19-13 5:38 AM

Clearly someone left an open microphone near the Senator! The real question is why has the second most powerful person in the Universe been able to get a budget passed by both the Senate and his alter ego Obama in 3 years?

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Feb-19-13 5:34 AM

"Clearly, we're standing here today with a very important issue of local concern, national concern and international concern," Edwards said. "Each time we have had a situation that has needed Sen. Schumer's attention, he has not only been very generous with his time, he has been very intentional about being here to demonstrate that. When you have very easily the second-most-powerful person in the United States when it comes to the federal government standing right here with us, shoulder-to-shoulder, committing his resources, his leverage to an important issue like this, you know you've done everything you can to have the right person at the right spot at the right time." Clearly this is the question of the day? Why is little Chucky Schumer not in DC holding their feet to the fire?

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