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 – WVDP Exceeds Fiscal 2019 Cost Savings Goal in Three Months
February 19, 2019 – The West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) Site saved more than $600,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 by using procurement tools provided by the Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC), a DOE program that helps EM contractors find better prices for goods and services and makes the buying process more efficient and effective.
By achieving those savings in the first three months of the fiscal year, CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV), EM’s WVDP Site cleanup contractor, exceeded its fiscal 2019 SCMC strategic sourcing cost savings goal by 10 percent. CHBWV surpassed that goal by applying sourcing tools such as real-time online reverse auction software to obtain a mobile generator and transportation services for offsite waste disposal. Link to Update
Post-Journal – Reed Pushing To Keep Funding at W. Valley Site
February 19, 2019 – U.S. Rep Tom Reed, R-Corning, wants to keep funding the West Valley demonstration project while also commissioning a federal report to get a better handle on what remains on the site and what can be done to remediate the site. Link to article
Energy Communities Alliance Bulletin – ECA Files Comments Supporting DOE Efforts to Evaluate Proposed HLW Interpretation NRC, States and Locals Agree More Information and Engagement Needed
January-February – On January 9, 2019, the three-month public comment period for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed interpretation of the statutory term high-level radioactive waste (HLW) closed.
In its submission, the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) states, “a renewed sense of urgency and a willingness to consider technically defensible alternatives based on science is necessary and paramount. ECA believes DOE’s proposal on the interpretation of HLW could present such an alternative.”
ECA published an FAQ on DOE’s interpretation of HLW in the October/November 2018 bulletin.
ECA noted strong support from its local government and community members for DOE’s efforts to move forward with its proposed interpretation of the definition of the statutory term “high-level radioactive waste” (HLW) as set forth in the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 and the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982. By shifting to base disposal decisions on actual radiological characteristics and risk to human health arising from the waste, rather than artificial former policy standards that base waste classification on origin, ECA expects DOE could: Link to bulletin excerpt
Springville Journal – Work continues at WVDP in 2019
February 5, 2019 – Workers at the West Valley Demonstration Project continue to move forward in their efforts to decommission the West Valley Nuclear Service Center and build on the success from last year. New projects and goals have been set for 2019 as crews continue work on the site.
CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley, LLC crews continue working through their four milestones as they continue to complete phase one of decommissioning the West Valley Demonstration Site. An accomplishment for 2018 was completing its second of four milestones – the disposal of legacy waste – seven months ahead of schedule. Workers are looking to make further progress on other milestones this year. Link to article
EM Update – West Valley Achieves One Million Work Hours Without Lost-Time Accident
February 5, 2019 – EM’s cleanup contractor at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) Site recently surpassed one million work hours without a lost-time accident or illness. “This and other work at the West Valley Demonstration Project only happens because of the skills and commitment of our employees to complete work in a safe and compliant manner,” EM WVDP Director Bryan Bower said of CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV) and its subcontractors. “This work, safely performed, brings many benefits to the ongoing cleanup and future closure of our EM site.” CHBWV crews pictured here use a large crane to load a section of a shield door from the site’s vitrification plant during demolition activities. Workers successfully demolished the 10,000-square-foot plant in September, marking EM’s largest and most complex environmental cleanup achievement at the site to date. Link to Update