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.
Buffalo News – $4.7 billion federal contract inked to handle liquid N-waste
October 13, 2017 – “A federal contract estimated at $4.7 billion to handle liquid radioactive waste at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C. was inked Thursday, the U.S. Department of Energy reported.
That may be of interest to Western New Yorkers because radioactive waste from Canada goes to that site in South Carolina, and a possible route for the waste involves tractor-trailer transports over the Peace Bridge, through downtown Buffalo on the Niagara Thruway to the mainline Thruway and west to Erie.” Link to Article
NOTE: A clarification from DOE, the contract that was awarded to Savannah River EcoManagement LLC is for the solidification of the liquids in the underground tanks at Savannah River. The shipment of materials from Canada to the Savannah River Site is done under a different contract with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.
Springville Journal – Demo starts at WVDP thanks to workers
September 30, 2017 – “The West Valley Demonstration Project is one step closer to completing its mission, with the beginning of demolition of its Vitrification Facility. Officially started on Sept. 11, the demolition is expected to take about eight months. A commemorative event marked the beginning of the demolition of the first Vitrification Facility in the United States.” Link to Article
DOE EM Bulletin
September 28, 2017 – West Valley Site Celebrates DOE’s First-Ever Demolition of Vitrification Facility Link to Bulletin
US News and World Report – Demolition of Building Underway at Western NY Nuke Site
September 25, 2017 – “A building that has been central to the decades-long cleanup of a western New York nuclear site is being demolished.
Crews this month began tearing down the vitrification facility at the West Valley Demonstration Project. The reinforced concrete structure is where more than 600,000 gallons of high-level radioactive waste were solidified into glass for disposal.” Link to Article
World Nuclear News – Demolition starts of US vitrification plant
September 22, 2017 – “Following two years of planning, demolition of the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) vitrification facility in New York State began last week. The work is scheduled to be completed in eight months.” Link to Article