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 Journal -Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail supporters tour Pop Warner Trail in Springville
March 25, 2021 – On Saturday, March 20, 17 supporters of the extension of the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail gathered in Springville to experience a completed trail. Deb Fenn, the president of the Erie Cattaraugus County Rail Trail, explained that the majority of the walkers were from Orchard Park and are part of the founder’s club, which meant that they had donated at least one thousand dollars. She said, “I’m so very glad that you could all be with us on the first day of spring. We’re very grateful for your clear and generous contributions.”
…. At the Springville Community Trout Pond, which is adjacent to the trail, Jason Engel, the project manager for the Springville Field and Stream trout pond renovation project, spoke about the project. He said that eventually five thousand fish could be raised in the hatchery annually, and that a concrete pier with wheelchair access will be constructed for fishing. He said, “We’re going to make a better habitat for the fish.” He also talked about the upcoming Earth Day celebration, which will take place at the trout pond on April 24. Several local businesses and organizations will be involved with the event, including The West Valley Demonstration Project, The Springville Chamber of Commerce and the Springville Moose Club. … Link to article
Olean Times Herald – Police Reports
March 19, 2021 – … Richard D. Johnson, 54, of Hopewell, Va., was charged at 10 a.m. Monday with fourth‐degree criminal possession of a handgun, a class A misdemeanor. The charge stems from a search of a tractor‐trailer at the West Valley Demonstration Project by the West Valley Protective Force Security Police, during which officers allegedly discovered an unregistered handgun. Johnson was turned over to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, processed and released with a ticket to appear in court at a later date. Link to article
Springville Journal -Ashford board hears updates from NYSERDA
March 18, 2021 – The Ashford Town Board, at its March 10 meeting, heard updates from New York State Energy Research and Development Agency West Valley Program Director Paul Bembia regarding upcoming culvert repairs and the solar farm project.
Bembia reported culvert repair will take place on Rock Springs Road this year by the Cattaraugus County Department of Public Works through NYSERDA property. Regarding the solar farm project on the West Valley Nuclear Site property, Bembia reported NYSERDA has completed the process for the solar farm and all aspects moving forward would need to be addressed by TOA, attorneys or the solar company. Construction on the solar farm project is planned to start in the spring. Link to article
EM Update -Mission and Priorities for 2021 Put EM on Track to Success, Panelists Say
March 17, 2021 – EM’s annual Mission and Priorities list sets a clear path to success across the DOE complex, site managers said last week at the Waste Management Symposia 2021.
The Mission and Priorities list “gives real, actionable goals and demonstrates to all stakeholders that EM wants to make progress,” EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Todd Shrader said in leading a panel discussion on the newly released 2021 priorities.
Shrader joined West Valley Demonstration Project Director Bryan Bower, Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Manager Jay Mullis, Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Manager Robert Edwards, and Carlsbad Field Office Manager Reinhard Knerr for a discussion on how EM sites view the priorities. Link to article
Springville Journal -Feasibility report released on multi‐use trail proposal
March 11, 2021 – The groups behind an 80‐mile multi‐use trail to connect Buffalo to Hinsdale have released a feasibility study detailing the proposal. The feasibility study, released by Gobike Buffalo, looks at preferred routes for the Southern Tier Trail – divided into 23 sections – and cost estimates for the work. It also notes alternative routes for cases where there could be public opposition or problems.
… The study recognized opposition in some sections as it passes by the backyards to some homes. Within the study are thoughts for creating privacy with fences or potentially moving the trail to the roadway. Another local section that may have obstacles is the Concord/Ashford Railroad Corridor due to the right‐of‐way constraints in the vicinity of the West Valley Nuclear Site. The West Valley Demonstration Project nuclear and waste storage site has also identified the Buffalo Pittsburg tracks heading south from the site to Ellicottville and beyond as potential for future waste transport. Link to article