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 – Latest Demolition Brings EM’s West Valley Teardown Total to 62 Demolition
May 11, 2019 – Workers recently tore down a facility housing a former liquid pretreatment system, bringing the total number of structures demolished in EM’s cleanup at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) Site to 62.
The pretreatment system facility was located in an inactive disposal area closed years ago. Workers left the cap and cover for that disposal area intact during the recent demolition work. They will extend the cover to the area where the pretreatment system facility was removed. An interim protective cover is in place until a permanent one is installed later this year. Link to Update
World Nuclear News – US DOE changes waste interpretation
June 7, 2019 – The US Department of Energy (DOE) has published a new interpretation of high-level radioactive waste (HLW) in which reprocessing waste streams are defined by their radiological characteristics rather than solely on how they were made.
Up to now the DOE has managed nearly all reprocessing waste streams as HLW regardless of radioactivity in a one- size-fits-all approach. This, it says, has led to decades of delay, cost billions of dollars, and left the waste ‘trapped’ in DOE facilities in Idaho, South Carolina and Washington without a permanent disposal solution. Link to article
Springville Journal – Police Reports
June 6, 2019 – Gerald A. Weeks, 22, of Springville and Jack T. Stuebchen, 23, of West Valley were both charged with trespassing after allegedly entering the property ran by the West Valley Demonstration Project, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office. Both suspects were ticketed and are to appear in Ashford Town Court on a later date. Link to article
DOE EM Update – West Valley Cleanup Workers Serve as Emergency Responders 24/7
June 4, 2019 – Some cleanup workers are available around the clock to respond in the event of an emergency at EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project or surrounding communities.
Sixteen of cleanup contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley’s (CHBWV) more than 200 employees volunteer at several local fire departments, and some serve as officers for those organizations. Link to Update
Energy Communities Alliance Bulletin
March-April 2019 – Legislative Update, Yucca Mountain Bill, New Mexico Governor Signs Gross Receipts Tax Bill for National and State Labs, ECA Members Lead with Policy Recommendations at Waste Management Symposia Link to Bulletin