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.
DOE Environmental Management Bulletin – EM Sites to See Cost Savings From Sharing Equipment to Relocate Waste
January 16, 2018 – “Cost savings will result from two EM cleanup sites sharing highly specialized equipment for packaging and relocating nuclear waste to storage locations.
Workers at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) in New York shipped welding equipment to the Richland Operations Office (RL) at the Hanford Site in Washington state on Jan. 8 to assist in proposed packaging and moving of radioactive cesium and strontium capsules to dry storage. Sharing the equipment valued at approximately $2.4 million helps the sites achieve savings.” Link to Bulletin
Buffalo News – Demolition at toxic West Valley is on track, but moving slowly – by design
January 10, 2018 – “The building where the most highly radioactive materials at the West Valley Demonstration Project were once handled is being torn down.
The vitrification plant is where 600,000 gallons of liquid nuclear waste were turned into glass cylinders in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The cylinders were then packaged in fives and welded into steel canisters before being stored under 21-inch thick concrete casks and relocated to another spot on site.” Link to article
Buffalo News Another Voice: West Valley cleanup is proceeding too slowly
January 8, 2018 – “In 1959 I was taking my intro engineering geology course at the University of Michigan geology camp in the Tetons when they were selecting a site near Buffalo for a nuclear reprocessing project. Every Sunday my roommate Red Berenson (of hockey fame) and I hiked in the glacier-scoured Tetons.
I could have told you then that geological instability at the West Valley site made it unsuitable for long-term disposal of nuclear materials.” Link to article
Aiken Standard – SRNS CEO highlights workforce recruitment efforts in Aiken
January 5, 2018 – Stuart MacVean, president and CEO of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, spoke to members of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce Friday morning and addressed a familiar issue: attracting, and retaining, a young workforce.” Link to article
Nuclear Street News – BWXT Lands $1.4B Los Alamos Cleanup Contract
January 4, 2018 – “BWX Technologies Inc., said Thursday it had landed a major Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract along with lead partner Stoller Newport News Nuclear (SN3), a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries Technical Solusions division.” Link to article.