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A ‘Nuclear’ Waste Of Time

February 26, 2013

aWe shouldn’t have been surprised to learn recently that a lack of common sense by a federal agency is hurting a local company....

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Renaldo

Feb-26-13 5:23 AM

I would like Monofrax to benefit as much as possible and can certainly understand the concern over efficiency, but why are we assuming that there is not a reason for these orders to made in small quantities? Unless you have expertise in this material, its use, its long term storage, safety issues, and the DOE's plans for its use, how are you qualified to make demands? If the orders to Monofrax are to stay as is, in small quantities, clearly they need to invoice the DOE for extra costs as a result of the inefficiencies and extra work and processes required.

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RufusTFirefly

Feb-26-13 6:34 AM

Agreed. Incredibly short on details. Apparently just a rant against regulation without any real substance. You know, this has all the earmarks of an Ogden hit piece, except it's about Jamestown. Somebody looking for a promotion, maybe?

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Aaron1

Feb-26-13 7:40 AM

Tend to disagree with the two 'R's. After all regardless where the PJ is right or wrong, it will still be monies out of Taxpayer's pockets and indeed that always matters for me at least. Senator Chucky and his mentor Barry Obama just continue on the Federal dole while we pay the increasing tab!

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Aaron1

Feb-26-13 7:43 AM

In the meantime, why would we be surprised at this PJ statement:"

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Aaron1

Feb-26-13 7:47 AM

We shouldn't have been surprised to learn recently that a lack of common sense by a federal agency is hurting a local company."RHI Monofrax of Jamestown is the only approved producer of the materials used to clean nuclear waste worldwide and has a $75 million contract with the federal government to produce the materials. While that contract is a boon to the local economy, it comes with strings. "

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Aaron1

Feb-26-13 7:50 AM

The federal Department of Energy only orders small amounts of the product each year. While it doesn't take Monofrax long to fill the order, the process to clean the kiln is time consuming and expensive. Without knowing when an order may be coming, it makes no sense to clean the kiln to make it ready for other work.

"The current system has the Department of Energy ordering a small amount in one month, then waiting until it needs another small amount before it places an order."

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Aaron1

Feb-26-13 7:52 AM

"Such small, irregular ordering effectively takes 20 percent of Monofrax's production capacity away for weeks or months at a time. To make matters worse, Monofrax officials have 25 years to deal with this maddening system.Monofrax officials are simply asking to be allowed to make enough of the cleanup material at one time that it can send the whole order to the Department of Energy, which can then use the material as needed. Of course, such a common sense solution can't happen easily."

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Aaron1

Feb-26-13 7:54 AM

"No, we had to get Sen. Charles Schumer involved. It's wonderful that Schumer is willing to take time to help a local company, but should that be necessary? Should a senator in the middle of complex discussions in Washington, D.C., really have to be involved for something this simple to be resolved?Of course not."

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Aaron1

Feb-26-13 7:57 AM

"It should be relatively simple for the Department of Energy to figure out how much of the nuclear cleanup material is needed, have RHI Monofrax make that amount of material and then allow Monofrax to clean its kiln and begin making other things for the rest of the year."

Working on a normal schedule can't be that hard, can it?

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Aaron1

Feb-26-13 7:59 AM

(1)Tend to disagree with the two 'R's. After all regardless where the PJ is right or wrong, it will still be monies out of Taxpayer's pockets and indeed that always matters for me at least. Senator Chucky and his mentor Barry Obama just continue on the Federal dole while we pay the increasing tab!

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Yankees1

Feb-26-13 8:16 AM

So let me get this straight, is the PJ actually advocating that the gov't spend taxpayer money to help out a private company?

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mrinbetween

Feb-26-13 9:19 AM

Schumer was doing more damage in Washington anyway. He's a big waste of NY resources.

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GioAllie

Feb-26-13 9:35 AM

the cost of "cleanup material?" Are ya listening China?"---I guess the taxed enough already righties have your direct line.

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Howard

Feb-26-13 9:55 AM

We don't know what is in the original contract. The DOE has a budget just as anyone else. Has the P-J supplied themselves with enough paper to last 75 years?

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Pebbles

Feb-26-13 10:54 AM

Short on details??? Did you actually read the article?? I have a family member involved with Monofrax for over 20 years and I know what it takes to dig a furnace out and start a new product. Lots of time and manpower. This affects more than 250 people when you think about it....these people will be on welfare and unemployment it Monofrax closes...that will cost the government a little more money.

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RufusTFirefly

Feb-26-13 12:01 PM

Years ago, I made a part for the Space Shuttle program. It was a small, replaceable part made of plastic. When we would get an order it was for one flight at a time and it would take weeks for two of us to come up with the right compound and another couple of weeks to manufacture them. Each time we went through the process, it would have been simple to make hundreds of them, but some plasics do have a shelf life and this one was a short one so each time we had do do it all over again. I could leave out some things but I'm not out to bash NASA.

So, yes, SHORT ON DETAILS!

ps: We never lost money or jobs on the project.

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Pebbles

Feb-26-13 12:07 PM

Not the same thing at all.

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Likert01

Feb-26-13 12:25 PM

"RHI Monofrax of Jamestown is the only approved producer of the materials used to clean nuclear waste worldwide and has a $75 million contract with the federal government" Of course the Feds are being slow. YOU IDIOTS ARE SCRUBBING NUCLEAR WASTE WITH "NEW" TECHNOLOGY? BWAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAA! The Feds want to see what the heck happens to us first. Not all at once. Can someone please explain how we have a nuclear waste scrubbing plant, accepting international orders no less, while complaining about the local coal driven electric plant? Is this for real?

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RufusTFirefly

Feb-26-13 1:06 PM

Pebbles:

Says you.

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Pebbles

Feb-26-13 1:15 PM

Yes, until you can say you are part of management there for over 20 years...give it up.

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Likert01

Feb-26-13 1:20 PM

I almost forgot! They have to truck the NUCLEAR WASTE over, your favorite road and mine, I-86... The one that fell in the river few years ago. Remember? Then there was that pesky mother who complained about almost entering orbit, with her children, after hitting a series of potholes. Sure, her SUV was destroyed but there was no way she entered orbit.

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newport3

Feb-26-13 2:54 PM

i worked their 15 years poured K-3 the stuff your disscusing reason why they try not to run it as often is that its nasty stuff cause's cancer.digging the furnace you wear protective clothing

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justsomegirl

Feb-26-13 3:36 PM

I have to agree with Renaldo and Rufus here.

I imagine that if it were so darn easy and safe to make a large amount to store and then dole out as necessary, either the DoE or Monofrax would be doing it. (I imagine that idea would be a big hit near Monofrax. "You want to store what in my neighborhood til the DoE needs it?")

I guess this is also a lesson in being careful what the details are in any contract you sign, especially if it's long-term. And you thought cell phone contracts were evil!

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johnee

Feb-26-13 5:11 PM

Common sense is not to make 25 years worth of material to find out that in 10 years there is new technology which is better then the present one being used. Common sense would be for Monofrax to run 1-3 years at a time, store it and only clean the kiln once every 1-3 years. Without knowing what the cleaning schedule for the kilns are it is hard to say what a good cycle would be. If the kilns need to be cleaned out yearly, every 2-3 years well thats when you run what the DOE will need over that period. We need to stop the waste in the federal government and running 25 years worth of material is fraud, waste, & abuse against the American taxpayer. But then again the idiots in Washington don't care about that, just getting reelected is all.

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Jhwinnyc

Feb-26-13 5:37 PM

A couple of you folks seem to be complete ignorant about what Monofrax is doing. There's no nuclear waste being transported locally to or from Monofrax. Monofrax makes the ceramic refractory materials that line the furnaces in Hanford, Washington that melt nuclear waste and other materials fusing them into a glass material that is safer to handle and store.

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