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 – West Valley Continues Progress in Knocking Down Support Buildings
July 9, 2019 – EM crews recently demolished a former utility building at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP), bringing the total number of structures removed at the site to 63.
“The completion of this work changes the landscape and footprint of the WVDP site, and is a reminder of the ongoing progress here,” EM WVDP Director Bryan Bower said.
Scott Anderson, president of CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV), EM’s cleanup contractor at the site, said his employees used their combined knowledge and lessons learned to safely complete this work. Link to Update
DOE EM Update – West Valley Team Creates Conveyor, Furthering Safety for Asbestos Removal
July 2, 2019 – EM deactivation and decommissioning (D&D) crew members used ingenuity and lessons learned to develop a conveyor system to safely remove material containing asbestos from inside a building at the West Valley Demonstration Project.
Workers used the conveyor system to get rid of about 56,000 pounds of plaster containing asbestos material from the walls of a control room on the fourth floor of the Main Plant Process Building. They are clearing away asbestos material to prepare the structure for demolition. Link to article
Springville Times – West Valley Citizen Task Force to Meet July 24
June 28, 2019 – The West Valley Citizen Task Force will not meet in June.
The July 24 meeting will go forward as scheduled and the agenda for that meeting will be available in mid-July. Link to article
Springville Journal – WVDP employees answer the call onsite and offsite
June 27, 2019 – Employees at the West Valley Demonstration Project continue to ‘answer the call’ 24/7 when emergencies arise onsite and in surrounding communities. Cleanup contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley has 16 employees who volunteer at several local fire departments and some of those hold officer-level positions. Link to article
DOE EM Update: West Valley’s Mobile Trailer Delivers Protective Clothing for Workers, Cost Savings
June 25, 2019 – The West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) Site has saved money, improved safety, and increased efficiency by changing how it orders and provides personal protective clothing for the EM cleanup workforce.
EM and cleanup contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV) worked with a vendor to create a “one-stop shop” for items such as gloves, coveralls, hats, belts and hoods. The arrangement is a first of a kind for an EM site.
CHBWV places an order and the vendor loads a mobile trailer with items for delivery to WVDP, where the trailer remains to supply clothing for future work activities. Link to Update