In the News

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.

Ribbon cutting ceremony

October 20, 2022 (Springville Journal) —

Residents of the Town of Ashford can soon see some savings on their energy bill each month with the completion of the West Valley Solar Energy Center. To celebrate the completion, members of the town, partnering organizations who helped make the project happen and members of the community came out to a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 4.

The West Valley Solar Energy Center is a 10 megawatt solar farm located on NYSERDA property at the West Valley Demonstration Project site. Homeowners, renters and businesses within the Town of Ashford can sign up with no installation or added costs, being able to save on bills every month. After enrolling, residents will be connected to a share of the West Valley Solar Energy Center that produces clean energy. The solar farm sends power to the utility and solar credits are applied to bills.

Representatives from a number of partnering organizations who made the project possible including BQ Energy, NextEra Energy Resources, NYSERDA and Green Bank were in attendance and spoke about the benefits of solar energy and the positive effects it can have on residents who can see savings from the solar farm. Read the full article here.

Convention to be held in town

October 13, 2022, (Springville Journal) — “

Communications and External Affairs Manager for CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley, LLC Joe Pillittere reported the controlled demolition of the Main Plant Process Building at the West Valley Demonstration Project is continuing. Work was safely completed on the Solvent Storage Terrace. Workers have moved to the next area to be dismantled, which is the Upper Warm Aisle.”

Read the full article here.

County approves $85,000 for airport runway rehabilitation

October 13, 2022 (Olean Times Herald) “Another contract was approved for law enforcement on‐site security services at the West Valley Demonstration Project for $197,109 Oct. 1, 2022 to Sept. 30, 2023.”

Read the full article here.

EM Update 10/11/22:

Explore the National Cleanup Workshop on EM’s New Multimedia Webpage: Read the article here.

Nuclear Power Isn’t Clean

October 12, 2022, (Truthout): To this day “Hanford remains the most complex environmental mess in the United States,” riddled with problems that provide huge profits for corporations that land clean‐up contracts and then fail to deliver, exceeding the complexity even of the infamous waste dump at West Valley, New York, and the highly radioactive fallout zone at Santa Susana, California, just north of Los Angeles.

Read the entire article here.

Upcoming meeting information

The next CTF meeting will be on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ashford Office Complex, 9030 Route 219, West Valley
On-line webinar: Register here

For more information

on the West Valley Citizen Task Force, please contact:

Nancy Raca, Facilitator
West Valley Citizen Task Force
c/o Highland Planning