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 Crews Safely Demolish Vitrification Facility Support Buildings
January 8, 2019 –
EM crews recently demolished two of seven facilities that supported past vitrification operations at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP).
EM WVDP Director Bryan Bower commended workers with the site’s cleanup contractor, CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV), for tearing down the two ancillary structures, together totaling 3,620 square feet in size. Link to Update
Power Magazine – How Air Bearings Moved Tons of Nuclear Waste
January 2, 2019 – Heavy loads must often be moved at power plants of all types. Air bearing-based vehicles can make the process safer, faster, and cheaper. Cask relocation at a nuclear waste facility offers one successful example of the process in action.
Load moving in the nuclear industry comes with unique challenges, particularly when the cargo is high-level radioactive waste (HLW) stored in specially sealed canisters. The common method for moving these types of casks is with wheeled casters and rails. However, the technique is inefficient and costly due to lack of mobility and inherent risks associated with the process. When a load becomes imbalanced, the floor beneath the track can be damaged to the point of halting the entire project until the flooring can be replaced. There is literally no margin for error and certainly no quick turnaround should an incident like this occur.
As an alternative, several facilities have turned to air bearing-based vehicles, instead of inflexible wheeled rollers or forklifts, with considerable success. One 200-acre site in New York successfully relocated nearly 24,000 tons of radioactive waste using air bearing-based vehicles. Link to article
Buffalo News- The path to a new Southtowns trail looked smooth. Then things got rocky.
December 28, 2018 – There was nothing but delight and applause on a simmering August day last summer when the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trailgroup announced a 49-year agreement that would allow the development of a 27-mile-long trail along an old rail line from Orchard Park to Ashford.
But not everyone was smiling. Link to article
Springville Journal – WVDP Food Drive exceeds its goals
December 26, 2018 – More than 108,000 pounds of food was donated to food .pantries in the area, courtesy of the West Valley Demonstration Project. The team set a goal of donating 100,000 pounds of food in its annual Food Drive.
“The success of our Food Drive is a direct result of the generosity and kindness of our employees, partners and subcontractors,” said Lettie Chilson, WVDP Facility Manager and Food Drive Coordinator. “It demonstrates the positive impact that kindness can have on a community. The WVDP Food Drive helps to improve the quality of life for our neighbors serviced by the local pantries.” Link to article
Springville Journal – Ashford submits comments on waste interpretation
December 21, 2018 – Nuclear waste at the Western New York Nuclear Service Center in West Valley could see a new pathway for its disposal. The Ashford Town Board, at its Dec. 12 meeting, approved sending comments to the Department of Energy reinterpreting definitions for nuclear waste. Link to article