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 – WVDP shares equipment with SPRU resulting in cost savings
January 31, 2019 – Two Department of Energy Environmental Management sites have saved more than $1.8 million by sharing heavy-duty equipment for large demolition activities, and the savings continue to grow.
In December, workers at the West Valley Demonstration Project in New York received an excavator from the EM program at Separations Process Research Unit in Niskayuna. EM workers at SPRU also delivered a heavy-duty hydraulic hammer and shears to the site in October. EM received two larger excavators at WVDP last week under this arrangement. Link to article
Springville Journal – West Valley Chamber continues to help community
January 24, 2019 – Helping people within the community has always been a goal of the West Valley Chamber of Commerce for over 50 years. Link to article
Olean Times Herald – Open-air demolition delayed at West Valley Main Process Building
January 24, 2019 – The open-air demolition of the Main Process Building at the West Valley Demonstration Project has been delayed indefinitely.
Contractor CHBWV has been asked by the U.S. Department of Energy to look into cleaning up areas not included in the original Phase I contract while the demolition of the Main Process Building is on hold.
Scott Anderson, CHBWB president and general manager, told members of the West Valley Citizens Task Force on Wednesday the Main Process Building was 95 percent deactivated. “We’ve still got some challenges,” he added.
Bryan Bower, the Department of Energy director at the West Valley Demonstration Project nuclear cleanup, said that while the Main Process Building was included in the current contract, DOE officials are “re-thinking open-air demolition.” Link to article
Springville Journal – Ashford asks state for help on street lights
January 17, 2019 – …..U.S. Department of Energy Director of the West Valley Demonstration Project Brian Bower updated the board on demolition at the site. The utility room and utility room extension are the next buildings set to be demolished. The next Ashford Town Board meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ashford Community Center, 9377 Route 240, in West Valley. Link to article
DOE EM Update – West Valley Crews Safely Demolish Vitrification Facility Support Buildings
January 8, 2019 –
EM crews recently demolished two of seven facilities that supported past vitrification operations at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP).
EM WVDP Director Bryan Bower commended workers with the site’s cleanup contractor, CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV), for tearing down the two ancillary structures, together totaling 3,620 square feet in size. Link to Update