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.
Salamanca Press – WVDP completes another phase in demolition activity
May 26, 2018 – “The process crane weighing 38,000 pounds was successfully removed from the Vitrification Facility by utilizing lessons learned from the safe removal of the cell’s four coolers; and extensive planning, engineering controls and historical best practices.
“Using lessons learned and a deliberate approach are one of the best combinations for safety and success,” CHBWV President Jeff Bradford said. ‘They continue to complete the demolition of the Vitrification Facility in a safe and compliant manner.’ ” Link to article
Springville Journal – Bembia honored for work in West Valley
May 24, 2018 – “For his time with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and serving at the West Valley Nuclear Site for over 20 years, Director Paul Bembia was honored with an award for his accomplishments.
Bembia was awarded the 2018 Public Service Excellence award by the New York State Academy for Public Administration at a ceremony in Albany on May 21. Chosen from a statewide pool of nominees, the award recognizes outstanding public servants throughout New York government.” Link to article
Springville Journal -Concord closing e-waste shed
May 22, 2018 – “… The board approved a resolution outlining its support for the cleanup of the West Valley Demonstration Project. Given the proximity of the site to the town, the resolution includes the long term goal of removing nuclear waste from the WVDP and safety transporting it out of the area.” Link to article
Buffalo News Everybody’s Column – Geological failures took toll at West Valley site
May 24, 2018 – “As a retired civil engineer, only recently taking the time to learn in depth about the West Valley nuclear site, I am grateful to Dr. Gordon Connally for giving us valuable historical detail on how the site was chosen in the early 1960s. Link to article
ECA Bulletin – Bill Classifying West Valley Waste as Defense Waste Taken up by House
May 2018 – “On May 18, the Environment Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to discuss H.R. 2389, a bill that would reauthorize the West Valley Demonstration Project for FY2017-FY2026, and seek to classify all radioactive waste at West Valley as waste resulting from atomic energy defense activities, as defined in section 2 of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982.” Link to Bulletin