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.
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
Press Release – CHBWV Workers Begin Vitrification Facility Demolition
September 12, 2017 – Workers for CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley, LLC (CHBWV) have begun demolition of the Vitrification Facility, a 10,700 square foot reinforced concrete structure at the West Valley Demonstration Project. Link to Press Release
Springville Journal – Town of Ashford earns Clean Energy Community Designation
August 31, 2017 – The Town of Ashford announced it has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, recognizing its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally. Link to Article
Pahrump Valley Times – Radioactive waste to travel through Pahrump
August 30, 2017 – “Low-level radioactive waste will soon travel through Pahrump as part of the shipping campaign to the Nevada National Security Site, officials said.
Nye County will receive low-level waste from the West Valley Demonstration Plant [sic] in New York state.
The waste will be mostly made up of building debris consisting primarily of concrete rubble with some steel. In addition, shipments will include minor components of soil, piping, lightweight building debris and miscellaneous materials, officials said.” Link to Article