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/Ellicottville Pennysaver & News – West Valley safely demolishes former Chemical Process Cell Storage Building
December 21, 2019 – EM and its prime contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV), recently demolished the Chemical Process Cell-Waste Storage Area (CPC-WSA) at the West Valley Demonstration Project.
The galvanized sheet metal arched structure was installed in 1996 to replace the original sprung tent structure that reached its end of life. This brings the total number of surplus buildings removed from the site to 65, with 44 structures removed under the CHBWV contract. Link to article
Springville Journal – Davis stresses importance of building permits to Ashford residents
December 19, 2019 – New York State Energy Research and Development Agency West Valley Program Director Paul Bembia reported 16 deer were harvested during hunting season this year at the Western New York Nuclear Service Center in West Valley. Link to article
Sen Schumer Press Release – AFTER YEARS LONG BATTLE, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE +$75 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR WEST VALLEY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT…
December 17, 2019 – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that $75.2 million in federal funding for the clean-up of the West Valley Demonstration Project was included in the just-announced bipartisan omnibus spending package for Fiscal Year 2020, which is set to pass Congress this week. The funding will be used to continue remediating millions of gallons of nuclear waste from the West Valley Reprocessing Plant, which presents a massive threat to public health. Link to Release
ECA Bulletin – Congress passes energy appropriations package including increases for EM, NE, NNSA and Science
December 2019 – Congress approved a package of spending bills that includes Fiscal Year 2020 funding for DOE. Congress reached an agreement that will provide increases to the Office of Environmental Management (EM), Office of Nuclear Energy (NE), Office of Science, and more. President Trump is expected to sign the bill before current federal government funding expires on December 21.
DOE spending will increase nearly $3 billion for a total of $38.5 billion in FY 2020. Of that amount, defense environmental cleanup funding will be increased $231 million for a total of $6.2 billion—the highest level of funding in at least 10 years. Link to Bulletin
Springville Journal – West Valley Demonstration Project completes annual food drive and Reed’s bill for long term West Valley funding headed to Trump’s desk to be signed into law
December 5, 2019
First Article: With many people in the local community in need of food this holiday season, the workforce at the West Valley Demonstration Project did their part to help the families this winter. The WVDP hosted its annual food drive, donating food to nine food pantries across the area.
Second Article: Rep. Tom Reed announced his bill to authorize $75 million dollars a year for the West Valley Demonstration Project through 2026 to secure and remove nuclear waste from the site passed the Senate and is headed to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.
“For the first time in more than 35 years, our friends and neighbors will have the peace of mind that the West Valley Demonstration Project cleanup is a top priority and has long term funding authorization from Washington,” Reed said. “We are proud to be an unrelenting advocate for West Valley and care about ensuring fair funding for the complete and total cleanup of this nuclear site. We are excited about this bill’s success as we ensure the health and safety of our environment in Western New York for years to come.”
“I would like to thank Congressman Higgins, members of the Energy and Commerce Committee and my colleagues in the Senate for their support of this bill,” concluded Reed. Link to articles