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 – West valley Christmas Tree Lighting
November 28 – relevant portion of the article: “…Bond even went out on the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) property with a representative to pick out a Christmas tree. As it turns out, the first tree they settled on was too big. It would have taken up all the room in front of the Community Building. …” Link to article
Springville Journal – Thanksgiving a blessing at Trading post
November 26, 2018 – Every Tuesday, Louise Biela drives from Lackawanna to serve community dinner at the Trading Post. This week, she was able to serve 80 dinners as part of the Post’s Thanksgiving dinner. Each server was dressed in black and white and coordinated by Biela. ….
…Prior to the dinner, the Trading Post was the recipient of a truckload of food donated by West Valley Nuclear. There were roughly 40 turkeys donated, along with about 2,000 pounds of food. Austin said the donation included everything needed to a Thanksgiving dinner and took a team of about 10 to unload. Link to article
Salamanca Press – WVDP food pantry delivery project continues to grow
November 21, 2018 – In the spirit of the holiday season, volunteers from the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) and its subcontractors gathered Friday at Sander’s Parkview, taking the time and energy to once again distribute food to nine local food pantries.
This year’s WVDP Food Drive fundraising effort was responsible for the distribution of 108,000 pounds of food — including 360 turkeys — to area pantries, according to volunteer coordinator Lettie Chilson, exceeding their goal for 2018. Link to article
DOE EM Update – West Valley Crews Collect 360 Turkeys, Other Food for Area Families
November 20, 2018 – Workers at EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) Site held its annual food drive last week, a tradition that has delivered more than 1.8 million pounds of food to people in need since its inception in 1989.
“I am honored to be a part of an event that makes a difference in our community,” EM WVDP Director Bryan Bower said. “The amount of food collected year after year demonstrates the generosity and kindness of our employees.” Link to full update excerpt
Springville Journal – WVDP successfully removes main plant ventilation stack
November 13, 2018 – The ventilation stack, weighing more than 20,000 pounds, was successfully removed from the Main Plant Process Building at the West Valley Demonstration Project, utilizing extensive planning, engineering controls and historical best practices. Link to article