Below are articles and other news published since the last West Valley Citizen Task Force Meeting. They relate to the West Valley Demonstration Project, nuclear waste cleanup or are otherwise relevant or of potential interest to stakeholders interested in the Project. After each Citizen Task Force Meeting, these articles are compiled into a single document and may be found with the meeting materials for that month.
DOE – EM Update
September 22, 2020 – EM and its stakeholder and industry partners have responded to COVID-19-related challenges that few if any could have foreseen just six months ago, according to participants at the National Cleanup Workshop.
Betsy Connell, EM’s Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regulatory and Policy Affairs, and Dae Chung, Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Corporate Services, provided the federal perspective on a panel devoted to EM “hot topics,” including the pandemic response that was activated just shortly after the cleanup industry’s last major gathering, the Waste Management Symposia held in early March in Phoenix. Likewise, industry and community panelists talked about what’s on their plates in light of the current operating environment. Link to Update
Springville Journal – Ashford board adopts 2021 preliminary budget
September 17, 2020 – …. King also read a letter regarding the annual payment in lieu of taxes. The town has been allocated additional PILOT funds in the past and King urged the board to continue pushing to keep these additional funds to help the town and the residents.
“Senator [Cathy] Young said it like it is. If the intent of this supplement is only for one year and not annually, we have not gained a great deal of comfort. A lot of hard work has been put forth to get this state to recognize that the effect of their choice to take a large part of the Town of Ashford for the [West Valley] Demonstration Project has also put a large strain on the local taxpayers,” King said in the letter. “The State Legislators must realize that one time supplement will not ease our continued strain and this supplement must be an annual payment added to our existing PILOT and with future adjustments anticipated.” Link to article
Springville Journal – NYSERDA opens archery deer hunting at the Western New York Nuclear Service Center
September 10, 2020 – The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will offer its annual deer hunting program at the Western New York Nuclear Service Center in the Town of Ashford Oct. 1 through Nov. 20. Approximately 1,500 acres will be open for hunting; participants must register for archery hunting online. Scouting will be available Sept. 19, 23 and 26; participants must register online for scouting. Crossbows will be allowed the last two weeks of archery season (Nov. 7 through 20). Link to article
Olean Times Herald – Legal Notice
September 10, 2020 – The United States Department of Energy (DOE) as operator of the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) has notified the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) of its intention to commence final closure of the Analytical and Process Chemistry (A&PC) Hot Cells at the WVDP facility in West Valley, NY 14171‐9799. Link to Notice
Buffalo News – Public Notice
September 10, 2020 – The United States Department of Energy (DOE) as operator of the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) has notified the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) of its intention to commence final closure of the Analytical and Process Chemistry (A&PC) Hot Cells at the WVDP facility in West Valley, NY 14171‐ 9799.
The A&PC Hot Cells are one of several hazardous waste management (HMW) units at the WVDP facility that requires closure under Title 6 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations (6 NYCRR) Part 373. Link to Notice