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 – WVDP Ceremony Marks Start of Vitrification Facility Demolition
September 22, 2017 – “The start of the demolition of the vitrification facility at the West Valley Demonstration Project was marked by a celebration Thursday.
As U.S. Department of Energy and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority officials spoke beneath a nearby tent, huge excavators from Demolition and Nuclear Decommissioning continued to tear into the 50-foot-tall vitrification facility.” Link to Article
Springville Journal – Ashford Board
September 22, 2017 – “In trying to help grow the Town of Ashford, Davis shared a letter the town sent to Congressman Tom Reed asking for assistance in helping the town get past the hardships that the West Valley Nuclear Plant has caused….” Link to Article
Salamanca Press – Demolition underway at WVDP
September 19, 2017 Salamanca Press – “Demolition has begun on a major building at the West Valley Demonstration Project, site of the federal-state cleanup at the first commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the United States.” Link to Article
LI Herald “Can natural disasters help restore national unity?”
September 7, 2017 – Alfonse D’Amato. “Hurricane Harvey was a brutal reminder that storms happen. We Long Islanders who lived through Hurricane Sandy, like Louisianans who lived through Hurricane Katrina, can only shudder to think what our fellow Americans in Texas are going through right now.
The utter devastation that flowed from these storms is proof that in many ways we are all at the mercy of Mother Nature. But what these disasters also prove is that the U.S. is truly one indivisible country, and that when one part of America is hurting, all Americans must help.” Link to Article
DOE Environmental Management Bulletin
September 12, 2017 – “West Valley Takes “First Bite” of Vitrification Facility in Historic Demolition. WVDP workers kicked off the first-ever demolition of a vitrification facility in the DOE complex on Sept. 11. They’ve been getting ready for the historic teardown for years, removing hazards through decontamination and deactivation work.” Link to Bulletin