In the News

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 -CHBWV marks 10 years of cleanup at West Valley

November 13, 2021 – CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV) celebrates 10 years of safe and compliant cleanup activities at the West Valley Demonstration Project.

Since August 2011, CHBWV, the Department of Energy’s cleanup contractor, has continued to accelerate cleanup, eliminate potential environmental hazards and reduce the footprint and life‐cycle costs at the site. Link to article

Springville Journal -CHBWV celebrates 10 years of safe and compliant cleanup at the WVDP

November 11, 2021 – CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley celebrated 10 years of safe and compliant cleanup activities at the West Valley Demonstration Project. Since August 2011, CHBWV, the Department of Energy’s cleanup contractor, has continued to accelerate cleanup, eliminate potential environmental hazards and reduce the footprint and life‐cycle costs at the site.

Bryan Bower, WVDP DOE Director stated, “The work performed over the last 10 years has changed the landscape of the site forever; and is an important accomplishment in the progress to decommission the site. This effort shows that robust engineering controls coupled with state‐of‐the‐science monitoring can accomplish the safe removal of nuclear facilities.” Link to article

EM Update – Nelson‐Jean Highlights Recent EM Achievements at Conference

November 9, 2021 – Significant achievements at EM cleanup sites such as the Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC), Hanford, Oak Ridge, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) highlight EM’s mission progress in recent months, Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Nicole Nelson-Jean told an industry conference last week.

Nelson-John was the keynote speaker at the 2021 RadWaste Summit, held in Las Vegas. Nelson-Jean delivered her remarks in a recorded video. Link to update

Ellicottville Now – Citizen Task Force shares evidence of erosion damage at former nuclear fuel reprocessing facility

November 4, 2021 – A citizen advisory group following nuclear waste cleanup activities at the West Valley Demonstration Project will request a presentation prior to accepting an invitation to join Erie County’s Climate Resilience planning effort.

The group met in an Oct. 27th virtual session to discuss this and other topics related to the ongoing cleanup and a Phase 2 Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on decommissioning of the former commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing center. The site covers 200 acres and was built in the 1960’s to recycle spent nuclear fuel, but was shut down after only a few years.

CTF members received an update from Department of Energy officials and consultants on the ongoing cleanup efforts. Link to article

Salamanca Press – Emergency Operations Center opened over WVDP leak

November 4, 2021 – A leak of radioactive liquid from a container being moved at the West Valley Demonstration Project site on Monday triggered activation of the site’s Emergency Operations Center.

Kelly Wooley, deputy general manager for CHBWV, the contractor in the cleanup at the West Valley Demonstration Project, said liquid was seen leaking from a sure‐pack container that was being moved about 2 p.m.

“The operation stopped and the area was secured,” Wooley told members of the West Valley Citizens Task Force Wednesday at the group’s monthly meeting, held via ZOOM video due to COVID‐19 restrictions.

Liquid was spotted on the container, on the trailer that was transporting it and on the ground. The area was isolated, but it was rainy. Sandbags and absorbent pads were placed over the area to limit migration. Link to article

Upcoming meeting information

The CTF will hold its October 27, 2021 via Zoom. For meeting information please visit the Meeting Information page.

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on the West Valley Citizen Task Force, please contact:

Bill Logue, Facilitator
West Valley Citizen Task Force
c/o The Logue Group
PO Box 270270
West Hartford, CT 06127-0270

Phone: 860.521.9122

Bill@LogueGroup.com

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