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.
Olean Times Herald – Cattaraugus County Shared Services Plan hearing set for Wednesday
October 14, 2019 – Officials are looking for feedback on the proposed Cattaraugus County Shared Services Plan.
A public hearing will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the legislative chamber on the third floor of the County Center. The hearing is seeking comments on shared services plans for 2020 involving the county and more than 30 municipalities. Link to article
Springville Journal – Springville Chamber of Commerce to offer active shooter training
October 10, 2019 – The Springville Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Detective Corey Higgins, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Drug Enforcement Agency Buffalo Office; and David Schumm, CHBWV Security and Safeguards Manager at the West Valley Demonstration Project, to provide Active Shooter training for local businesses and their employees.
The training will take place at the Springville Country Club, 14445 S. Cascade Drive, Springville, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 8‐9 a.m. Link to article
Olean Times Herald – WVDP is site of full‐scale emergency exercise with multiple agencies
October 10, 2019 – The Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management and the cleanup contractor at the West Valley Demonstration Project recently conducted a full-scale security exercise.
The drill included the contractor, CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley, and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department, Cattaraugus County Special Response Team, Cattaraugus-Chautauqua Bomb Squad, West Valley Volunteer Hose Fire and Rescue, with evaluation assistance from Cattaraugus County Emergency Services. Link to article
DOE EM Update – EM Contractors Recognized for Safety Excellence and Agencyʹs Reuse of Equipment Leads to $1 Million Savings for West Valley
October 8, 2019 –
Safety Award: At EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project Site, Dae Chung, EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Safety, Security, and Quality Assurance, presented employees with contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley with the Star of Excellence award during a recent visit to the site.
“The safety and health of our employees, both contractor and federal, are the highest priorities for the Department,”Chung said. See page 1 of update
Agencyʹs Reuse of Equipment: EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) Site will achieve $1 million in savings by transferring cleanup equipment for reuse by a U.S. agency that operates facilities on the Saint Lawrence Seaway.
The transfer allows WVDP to avoid the time and expense of disposing of the equipment as waste. West Valley crews had used the equipment to lift and move 86.5-ton concrete casks containing waste canisters in a project vitrified high-level waste from the site’s Main Plant Process Building to an onsite interim storage pad, a necessary step to support the building’s eventual demolition. See page 2 of update
DOE EM Update – Under Secretary Dabbar Tours West Valley Cleanup, Meets With Stakeholders
October 1, 2019 – Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar recently viewed EM’s cleanup progress at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) and received updates on the planned demolition of the site’s Main Plant Process Building, which was used to reprocess spent nuclear fuel decades ago. “This was my first trip to the West Valley site,” Dabbar said. “I am impressed by the progress I see being made.” He noted that removal of the 10,000-square-foot Vitrification Facility last year was the most complex demolition of a contaminated facility at the site to date. “This successful demolition literally changed the landscape and footprint of the WVDP and the community,” Dabbar said. “This accomplishment speaks volumes of the workers’ abilities to find solutions and use lessons learned to solve some of the most challenging problems we face in reducing legacy risks.” EM WVDP Director Bryan Bower said the site was honored to host the Under Secretary. “It’s important to see the work up-close that’s being accomplished at the site, and how this work fits into DOE’s mission and cleanup strategy,” Bower said. Link to Update