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.
WBFO – Solar farm planned for former West Valley nuclear site
October 1, 2018 – Cattaraugus County is continuing its aggressive move into solar energy, with a solar farm planned for an unused section of the Nuclear Fuel Services complex in West Valley.
The plant is being built by BQ Energy from Wappingers Falls, a company that specializes in solar farms on landfills and brownfield sites. Once complete, the plant will contain enough solar panels to supply 10 megawatts of electricity – enough for 1,500 homes and small businesses.
The property is owned by NYSERDA, but this project would pay about $50,000 in annual property taxes. BQ Director Jim Falsetti says his firm has three other sites in Cattaraugus. Link to full article
Salamanca Press – Demolition of primary nuke waste facility celebrated at West Valley
September 28, 2018 – The safe completion of the demolition of the most important facility in the cleanup at the West Valley Demonstration Project was celebrated Thursday.
The U.S. Department of Energy, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and contractor CH2M Hill BWXT gathered with hundreds of employees to mark the year-long demolition of the vitrification facility.
It was the facility where 600,000 gallons of highly radioactive liquid waste left over from operation of the nation’s first and only commercial spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant were solidified into glass between 1996 and 2002. Link to article
Olean Times Herald – Funding bill includes $75 million annually for West Valley cleanup
September 28, 2018 – U.S. Rep. Tom Reed helped secure funding in the House government funding bill for $75 million annually for the West Valley Demonstration Project cleanup through 2025.
It is a $10 million increase from recent nuclear cleanup funding at the site in the town of Ashford.
The Senate must still pass the funding bill with the West Valley allocation to keep the government open until Dec. 7. Link to article
DOE EM Update – EM Crews Successfully Complete Major Demolition at West Valley
September 25, 2018 – Crews last week successfully completed safe demolition of the 10,000-square-foot vitrification plant once used to solidify thousands of gallons of radioactive waste at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP). The building removal is EM’s largest and most complex environmental cleanup achievement at the West Valley site to date.
“The safe demolition of the Vitrification Facility is an important accomplishment in the progress to decommission the site,” said Bryan Bower, EM’s WVDP director. “For some of our workers, this was a bittersweet accomplishment, as they were here when we constructed the Vitrification Facility decades ago. We applaud the tremendous effort required to safely remove this nuclear facility.” Link to update
Olean Times Herald – $20 million solar farm proposed in West Valley
September 24, 2018 – A $20 million solar facility is being proposed in the town of Ashford that would lead to lower electric bills for 1,500 area residents and small businesses.
West Valley Solar LLC, a division of BQ Energy of Wappingers Falls, is the same company that has already installed two solar farms in Olean and is working on a third.
The fourth solar farm being proposed in Cattaraugus County will conform to the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency’s standard solar energy payment in lieu of taxes (P.I.L.O.T.). The standard solar P.I.L.O.T. is $5,000 per megawatt. Link to article