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.
Springville Journal – Ashford Town Board discusses possible uses for funding
March 19, 2020 – The Ashford Town Board, at is March 11 meeting, discussed $200,00 in community and regulatory support coming to the town through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Energy and possible ways the funding can be used in the future. Link to article
Springville/Ellicottville Pennysaver & News – WVDP promotes safety through the eyes of children
March 12, 2020 – The Department of Energy and CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV), its cleanup contractor at the West Valley Demonstration Project, created a new way to increase safety awareness for workers and their families. It’s called the Family Fun Safety Calendar and features drawings created by WVDP employees’ children, ages 12 and under, that depict general safety practices. Link to article
Springville Journal – Winner announced for Springville Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala
March 12, 2020 – The Springville Area Chamber of Commerce announced the winners to be recognized at the 2020 Awards Gala on March 28.
The award winners were chosen by the Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala Committee following nominations submitted by the general public.
The awardees include Helen Brogan, President’s Award; CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV), Business of the Year; The Meat Shoppe, Small Business of the Year; Springville Volunteer Fire Department, Non‐Profit of the Year; Dennis Dains, Citizen of the Year; David Sullivan, Community Service Award; Max Borsuk, Joe Rumfola D.D.S and Liesle Neureuther, Young Professionals Award; Gentner Commission Market and Lawrence’s Tavern, Longevity Award. Link to article
Los Alamos Reporter – William “Ike” White Outlines DOE-EM Strategic Vision at Waste Management Symposia In Phoenix
March 11, 2020 – The Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) cleanup accomplishments in recent years have now set the stage for dramatic progress in the coming decade, senior adviser William “Ike” White said Monday at the Waste Management Symposia 2020 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Speaking to more than 2,000 attendees, White outlined the Department of Energy’s strategic vision for environmental cleanup, saying the program is poised for “step change” that will build on its record of successes, with significant achievements in sight as early as this year. Link to article
ECA Update – EM issues strategic vision for 2020-2030
March 9, 2020 – Today, DOE EM issued a new strategic plan for the next decade. DOE states it will “… build upon the cleanup progress the nuclear complex has seen over the first 30 years of EM operations.”
The EM 2020-2030 strategic vision was first highlighted at the 2020 ECA Annual Conference in Washington DC on January 30-31 as senior adviser for environmental management to the Under Secretary for Science Mr. William “Ike” White presented a keynote address about “Understanding EM Priorities and the Year Ahead.” That session touched on what the turn of the year, and the turn of the decade, would mean for EM priorities and expectations, the future challenges, and the role local governments can play to support cleanup goals. Link to update