In the News

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.

Springville Journal – Ashford Board News

July 16, 2020 – The board approved a resolution for the negative declaration pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act concerning the determination of significance for the BQ Energy West Valley Solar Project. The board also approved a resolution approving certain infrastructure improvements associated with the BQ Energy West Valley Solar Project. Link to article

EM UPdate – West Valley Advances Site Security, Safety With New Radios

July 14, 2020 – EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) recently enhanced its security and safety by purchasing digital trunked radios that can assign frequency channels to various groups of users.

The new devices can communicate with all existing radios at WVDP, as well fire as departments, local and state police, and emergency medical services. WVDP programmed the new equipment to allow interaction with those emergency response organizations. Link to Update

Salamanca Press – WVDP encapsulates Main Plant office building slab

July 10, 2020 – A facility disposition crew at the West Valley Demonstration Project encapsulated the Main Plant office building concrete slab with polymeric barrier system (PBS) to release the slab so it is no longer considered an asbestos area.

This practice protects employees from this hazardous material and safeguards against unintended releases. PBS was also used during the demolition of the 01-14 Building and Vitrification Facility. Link to Article

Olean Times Herald – WVDP encapsulates Main Plant office building slab

July 10, 2020 – A facility disposition crew at the West Valley Demonstration Project encapsulated the Main Plant office building concrete slab with polymeric barrier system (PBS) to release the slab so it is no longer considered an asbestos area.

This practice protects employees from this hazardous material and safeguards against unintended releases. PBS was also used during the demolition of the 01-14 Building and Vitrification Facility. Link to Article

DOE EM Update – West Valley Encases Building Slab With Fixative After Removing Asbestos

July 7, 2020 – An EM deactivation and demolition crew at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) recently encapsulated a concrete slab with a fixative after removing asbestos from it.

The concrete slab was the foundation for the former Main Plant Office Building, which workers demolished late last year, bringing EM’s total number of structures removed at WVDP to 66. Workers had safely removed asbestos-containing material from inside that building prior to tearing it down. Built in 1964, the three-story, 3,760-square-foot facility was part of the original commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing plant at the site. Link to Update

Upcoming meeting information

The July 22 CTF meeting will be held via Zoom. Registration is required. For meeting information please visit the Meeting Information page.

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on the West Valley Citizen Task Force, please contact:

Bill Logue, Facilitator
West Valley Citizen Task Force
c/o The Logue Group
PO Box 270270
West Hartford, CT 06127-0270

Phone: 860.521.9122

Bill@LogueGroup.com

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