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.
The Buffalo News -Leonore ‘Lee’ Lambert, 93, singer and matriarch of a musical family
January 27, 2021 – Lee Lambert was almost always singing. And when she wasn’t singing, more often than not, she was encouraging other people to sing.
At Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in East Aurora, she directed the choir and folk group. She was a parts coach for barbershop quartets and sang in the Sweet Adelines. She was founder and director of the Senior Notes singing group in the East Aurora Senior Center. Link to obituary
DOE EM Update -West Valley Employees Improve ‘Suit‐up’ for Contaminated Cell Entry
January 26, 2021 – A crew at EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) recently conducted several mock‐up sessions in which employees practiced properly suiting up before entering the Main Plant Process Building to prepare it for future demolition.
They received hands‐on practice for helping co‐workers don and doff personal protective equipment while following new COVID‐19 protocols, such as use of plastic face shields in addition to face coverings. Link to Update
The Evening Tribune -Alfred University to become home for first-ever Center for Glass Innovation
January 26, 2021 – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new nation leading collaboration with the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University to bolster markets for recycled glass and improve the quality of glass available for recovery throughout New York.
The Center for Glass Innovation (CGI) was established at the New York State College of Ceramics to develop next generation glass materials and improve glass manufacturing processes to optimize material performance for industrial and government applications. Link to article
Springville/Ellicottville Pennysaver & News -West Valley Demonstration Project food drive exceeds its goal
January 23, 2021 – The workforce at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) completed its Annual Food Drive on November 12, as part of their continued commitment to the community.
The goal this year was to collect 120,000 pounds of food – enough to provide turkeys, holiday items and staples for nine food pantries. This year’s Food Drive, which exceeded last year’s goal, collected 125,000 pounds of food, which will help hundreds of families in need during this holiday season. This annual tradition began in 1989, and has been held every year since then. In total, the WVDP Food Drive has collected more than 2 million pounds of food since its inception. Link to article
Times Union -Environmentalists push for safe cleanup at nuclear site near Buffalo
January 20, 2021 – Environmental advocacy groups in western New York want state officials to ensure the safety of federal plans to deal with nuclear waste at the West Valley Demonstration Project after a recent federal report found that “critical decisions regarding the project are still unresolved.”
The West Valley Demonstration Project “should never have been chosen” to store hazardous material, said Barbara Warren, a member of the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, an Albany‐based group that advocates for safe and healthy communities in New York. Link to article