EM Updates – ‘2021 Year in Review’ Highlights EM Cleanup Progress, Priorities andWest Valley Improves Rail Line Supporting Safe, Efficient Waste Disposal

January 11, 2022 – Link to Update

2021 Year in Review: EM leveraged the results of years of successful work in 2021 to launch a new era for DOE’s cleanup mission, all while continuing to manage the challenging conditions of the COVID‐19 pandemic. EM summarized its cleanup accomplishments across the complex, including numerous major program priorities, in its 2021 Year in Review released in late December.

Rail Line: EM and cleanup contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV) have replaced six railroad ties along nearly 8,000 feet of track within the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) following an annual inspection.

EM resumed using the rail line in June to ship waste offsite for disposal. Shipping the waste by rail enhances safety by reducing vehicle traffic associated with completing the shipments via truck. Train shipments increase efficiency by allowing more material to be shipped compared to trucking. The train shipments also cost less than truck shipments, saving taxpayer dollars.

For more information

on the West Valley Citizen Task Force, please contact:

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