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.

Panel highlights WVDP at international conference 

Salamanca Press — March 25, 2024

WEST VALLEY — West Valley Demonstration Project representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley, DOE’s prime contractor, conducted a panel discussion at this year’s Waste Management Symposia in Phoenix, Ariz. 

Held March 11-14, the Waste Management Symposia is the premier international conference for radioactive waste management and related topics. This year marked its 50th anniversary, which drew a record attendance of more than 3,300 attendees. 

Read the full article here.

New Strategic Vision: 2024-2034 ‘Charts Steady Beat Of Progress’ Across Environmental Management Complex 

Los Alamos Daily Post — March 16, 2024

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) (htps://www.energy.gov/em/office-environmental-management) today released its Strategic Vision 2024-2034 (htps://www.energy.gov/em/articles/em-strategic-vision), a blueprint to the program’s anticipated cleanup achievements over the next decade. 

Built on successes achieved in recent years, the document is an update of previous editions and was developed through outreach and with feedback from regulators, tribal nations (htps://www.energy.gov/em/em-tribal-programs-indian-country), EM advisory boards (htps://www.energy.gov/em/environmental-management-advisory-board-emab), local communities and other partners. 

“The fifth iteration of the Strategic Vision charts a steady beat of progress for 2024 to 2034 at every EM site,” EM Senior Advisor William “Ike” White said. “No longer mapping out how to achieve the cleanup mission, we are now focused on successfully executing remaining work while encouraging innovation and driving continuous improvement along the way.” 

Read the full story here.

WVDP employs video tech to improve waste tank inspection 

Olean Times Herald — March 13, 2024

WEST VALLEY — Federal Department of Energy crews completed a virtual inspection of an underground tank that once stored liquid waste from spent fuel reprocessing operations at the West Valley Demonstration Project in the 1960s and ’70s. 

The work is part of an ongoing effort by DOE and its West Valley cleanup contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley, LLC (CHBWV), to better characterize residual waste, including sludge sampling and analysis. The results of the analyses will help determine disposition alternatives for the remaining content in the tank. 

Read the full article here.

EM Strategic Vision 2024—2034 

EM Update — March 12, 2024

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) (htps://www.energy.gov/em/office-environmental-management) today released its Strategic Vision 2024-2034 (htps://www.energy.gov/em/articles/em-strategic-vision), a blueprint to the program’s anticipated cleanup achievements over the next decade. 

Read the full story here.

Concerned Citizens sets April 2 meeting in bid to carry on work 

Olean Times Herald, March 5, 2024 —

 OLEAN — Cattaraugus County Concerned Citizens, environmental watchdogs for more than 30 years, is looking for new blood to carry on their crusade for clean water and land. 

A meeting at Olean Public Library Monday night seeking ideas and new recruits was live streamed on Zoom, but drew more current members than people looking to help provide new leadership. 

Moderator Kathy Boser of Allegany, one of several former Concerned Citizens presidents who are still active in the group and attended the meeting, listed many of the group’s accomplishments since it was formed in 1991 to help fight the proposed Farmersville landfill. 

Boser noted most of the remaining members were getting to the age where they want to turn over the group to new leadership, dissolve or merge with another group. 

Read the full article here.

Upcoming meeting information

The next CTF meeting will be on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ashford Office Complex, 9030 Route 219, West Valley
On-line webinar: Register here

Agenda coming soon!

For more information

on the West Valley Citizen Task Force, please contact:

Nancy Raca, Facilitator
West Valley Citizen Task Force
c/o Highland Planning
nancy@highland-planning.com