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.
Olean Times Herald – Native Offerings Farm named Cattaraugus County farmer of the year
April 11, 2019 –
A full house of 360 farmers and their neighbors met at the West Valley Fire Hall Wednesday night to honor Cattaraugus County farmers at the eighth annual Farmer-Neighbor Dinner.
The event brought area farmers and their non-farming neighbors — both local and from surrounding areas — together to reflect on the previous year’s achievements and look forward to the future of the local agricultural industry.
Although event speaker Chris Baker, Director of Cattaraugus County Department of Emergency Services, was unable to attend the event due to unforeseen travel issues, event organizer Crystal Abers spoke. Link to article
Springville Journal – Vitrification demolition, waste disposition completed at WVDP
April 1, 2019 – Work at the West Valley Demonstration Project continues to move forward, with crews recently completing another accomplishment in its decommissioning. CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley, LLC crews at the WVDP completed the disposition of waste from the vitrification building and the installation of a weather protective cover to signify the end of physical work with the vitrification building. Link to article
Bottom Line – The Hill
April 1, 2019 – Texas-based environmental protection group Waste Control Specialists recently hired BlueWater Strategies to work on reauthorizing the West Valley demonstration project, according to disclosures. West Valley is an operation to dispose of radioactive waste. McKie Campbell, former staff director of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will work on the account. Link to article
DOE EM Update – West Valley Contractor Receives Blue Ribbon at Waste Management Symposia
March 27, 2019 – Waste Management Symposia (WMS) awarded EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) cleanup contractor a blue ribbon this month for its professional poster session on a unique air monitoring method used during an open-air demolition project.
This was a team effort that involved several months of planning,” CH2MHILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV) Regulatory Strategy Vice President Janice Williams said of the air monitoring project. “I’m proud of this accomplishment on behalf of the WVDP team. We are committed to performing our work in a safe and environmentally sound manner by implementing safe, innovative, and regulatory compliant cleanup practices in everything we do.” Link to update
Springville Journal – Concord moves forward with Solarize partnership
March 21, 2019 – Town of Concord residents who are interested in installing solar panels at their homes will soon have the opportunity to save money. Link to article