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.

DOE EM Update – EM Crews Successfully Complete Major Demolition at West Valley

September 25, 2018 – Crews last week successfully completed safe demolition of the 10,000-square-foot vitrification plant once used to solidify thousands of gallons of radioactive waste at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP). The building removal is EM’s largest and most complex environmental cleanup achievement at the West Valley site to date.

“The safe demolition of the Vitrification Facility is an important accomplishment in the progress to decommission the site,” said Bryan Bower, EM’s WVDP director. “For some of our workers, this was a bittersweet accomplishment, as they were here when we constructed the Vitrification Facility decades ago. We applaud the tremendous effort required to safely remove this nuclear facility.” Link to update

Olean Times Herald – $20 million solar farm proposed in West Valley

September 24, 2018 – A $20 million solar facility is being proposed in the town of Ashford that would lead to lower electric bills for 1,500 area residents and small businesses.

West Valley Solar LLC, a division of BQ Energy of Wappingers Falls, is the same company that has already installed two solar farms in Olean and is working on a third.

The fourth solar farm being proposed in Cattaraugus County will conform to the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency’s standard solar energy payment in lieu of taxes (P.I.L.O.T.). The standard solar P.I.L.O.T. is $5,000 per megawatt. Link to article

Olean Times Herald – $20 million solar farm proposed in West Valley

September 23, 2018 – A $20 million solar facility is being proposed in the town of Ashford that would lead to lower electric bills for 1,500 area residents and small businesses.

West Valley Solar LLC, a division of BQ Energy of Wappingers Falls, is the same company that has already installed two solar farms in Olean and is working on a third.

The fourth solar farm being proposed in Cattaraugus County will conform to the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency’s standard solar energy payment in lieu of taxes (P.I.L.O.T.). The standard solar P.I.L.O.T. is $5,000 per megawatt. Link to article

EM Update – Crews Safely Remove West Valley Main Plant Ventilation Stack

September 18, 2018 – Workers recently removed an estimated 20,000-pound ventilation stack from the Main Plant Process Building at EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) Site.

“Once again, the CHBWV team did an excellent job in their pre-planning and execution of this challenging work,” WVDP Director Bryan Bower said referring to cleanup contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley. “This work evolution will forever change the landscape of the WVDP site, and will become a reminder of the ongoing progress here.” Link to article

Olean Times Herald – Reed says just-passed bill includes $75 million for West Valley cleanup

September 19, 2018 – U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, Tuesday announced the just-passed Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill includes $75 million dollars for the West Valley Demonstration Project to secure and remove nuclear waste from the site.

“We are proud to be an unrelenting advocate for West Valley and care about ensuring the complete and total cleanup of this nuclear site.” Reed said. “We are honored to work year after year to ensure a fair amount of funding to ensure this site is cleaned up in a safe and effective way.” Link to article

Upcoming meeting information

The next meeting of the Citizen Task Force will be October 24, 2018 at 6:30 PM.

For meeting information please visit: http://westvalleyctf.org/meeting-information/

For more information

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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