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.
EM Update – West Valley Enlists Divers to Inspect, Clean Fire Water Storage Tank
July 30, 2019 – Trained divers working on behalf of EM recently went underwater to clean and inspect a fire water storage tank at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP).
“Our team has planned extensively for this underwater work, and conducted several confined space rescue training drills to ensure the safety of everyone involved,” said Pat Douglass, a manager with WVDP cleanup contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley. “Whenever you perform high-risk work evolutions, extensive planning, lessons learned, and practice are keys to a safe and successful outcome.” Link to Update
Springville Journal – WVDP team develops conveyor system to increase safety
July 29, 2019 – A deactivation and decommissioning crew developed a conveyor system at the West Valley Demonstration Project to safely remove asbestos-containing material from inside the main plant process building. The wall plaster on several floors of the building contains ACM, which is being removed in preparation for its future demolition. A total of 56,000 pounds of wall plaster was recently removed from the fourth floor. The main plant was constructed between 1963-1966 as a commercial reprocessing facility to recover reusable plutonium and uranium from spent nuclear reactor fuel. Link to article
EM Update – West Valley Recycles Demolition Debris, Offsets Cleanup Costs
July 23, 2019 – Workers at EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) recently shipped a large transformer to a recycling facility, bringing the site’s cost savings from recycling to more than $14,000 to date.
During demolition projects, crews identify non-contaminated materials suitable for recycling. Payments received for recycling offset EM’s cleanup costs at WVDP. Link to Update
Olean Times Herald -Ribbon cutting held for third solar farm in Olean, 17-acre Homeridae
July 18, 2019 – The city’s third solar farm was celebrated with a ribbon cutting Wednesday morning at Homeridae, a 17-acre former brownfield between Homer Street and Interstate 86.
The site is generating enough electricity to supply 652 typical New York homes with power for a year and helping Olean taxpayers with about $100,000 in annual energy credits, Olean Mayor Bill Aiello said before cutting the ribbon in front of dozens of invited guests. Link to article
Springville Journal – Town discusses possible funding opportunity for projects
July 18, 2019 – ….. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Energy Grant project is nearing its completion and the town is expecting to receive the funds for the project soon. … Link to article