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/Ellicottville Pennysaver & News – EM site completes deactivation of former fuel receiving, storage facility
February 8, 2020 – A deactivation and decommissioning crew recently completed the safe removal of asbestos containing material (ACM) from inside the Fuel Receiving and Storage (FRS) facility. The piping and insulation inside the building contained ACM, which needed to be removed in preparation for future demolition. Link to article
Springville Times – Springville dam project on track but with some hesitation from the community
February 7, 2020 – The proposed project to lower Scoby Dam on the Cattaraugus Creek is moving forward with plans by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but not without some hesitation by the people who live, work and play nearby.
Several dozen Springville area residents and those concerned about such a project’s impact gathered Jan. 29 in the Concord Town Hall for a presentation by several officials involved in the development, environmental impact and health risk aspects of lowering the dam. Link to article
Springville Journal – Public hears update on Scoby Dam project in Springville
February 6, 2020 – In order to try and help with fish habitats in Cattaraugus Creek, the United States Army Corps of Engineers held a public meeting on Jan. 29 at the Concord Town Hall to discuss upcoming work at the Scoby Dam in Springville through the Great Lakes Fishery Ecosystem Restoration project. Link to article
EM Update – Ike White Outlines EM Vision for 2020
February 4, 2020 – EM plans a wide range of accomplishments in 2020, including some that have been years in the making and that promise to significantly advance the cleanup mission, EM Senior Advisor Ike White told a key stakeholder audience on Jan. 31.
In remarks to the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA), White said major liquid waste treatment facilities at the Savannah River and Idaho sites are expected to start operations, and the completion of construction supporting Direct Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) treatment at Hanford puts that project only a short distance away from startup. Link to Update
Peterborough Examiner – Peterborough letter: Take a look at what happened in West Valley, N.Y.
February 3, 2020 – It is disturbing that only Coun. Dean Pappas seems to be concerned about the nuclear license being sought by the fox overlooking the General Electric henhouse. Clearly no one in this area is familiar with the horror stories that abound both in the U.S. and elsewhere in relation to nuclear use. One that occupied many years of my life was the saga of West Valley, N.Y. Link to article