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.
Springville Journal – Scoping meeting held on West Valley nuclear site
March 22, 2018 – “As work continues and decisions need to be made on the future of the Western New York Nuclear Service Center in West Valley, representatives from the United States Department of Energy and the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency held a meeting on March 19 in West Valley to get input on the scoping process.” Link to article.
Springville Journal – Ashford continues to work for WNYSSB
March 22, 2018 – “The Ashford Town Board heard recent updates and possible upcoming improvements to sections of the Western New York Southtown Scenic Byway that run through the town during its meeting March 14….
Heard an update from New York State Energy Research and Development Agency West Valley Program Director Paul Bembia. Based on input from its licensing support contractor, NYSERDA is revising their information package regarding the town’s proposal for a solar facility. Once revisions are made, the package will be submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for consideration.” Link to article.
WBFO – Discharge plan could harm the Allegheny River and the life it supports
March 22, 2018 – “A plan to discharge treated fracking water into the Allegheny River continues raising concerns. The Seneca Nation of Indians hosted a day-long conference on the controversial project Wednesday…..
‘At West Valley, they’re trying to process nuclear waste. They haven’t found a good way to process it. You can contain it. If you can contain it, that’s one thing. And if there is nuclear waste coming up from the fracking water, and they have it there, it’s going to contaminate our river,’ Gates said.” Link to article.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – At Alleghany River’s headwaters, treatment plant for fracking wastewater stirs debate
March 18, 2018 – “The Allegheny River begins its 325-mile meander to Pittsburgh’s Point in rural Potter County, flowing through town as a still, small stream — no wider than a country lane and rarely deeper than a fisherman’s chest waders. ….
And, in 1974, Seneca land was inundated by radioactive waste that washed out of a commercial disposal site near West Valley, N.Y….” Link to article
Olean Times Herald – County lawmakers
March 15, 2018 – County legislators heard a presentation from a Department of Energy Representative on upcoming scoping sessions for the phase 2 decision of the cleanup at the West Valley Demonstration Project in the town of Ashford. Link to article.