West Valley Workers Pull ‘Green Giant’ From Main Plant 

EM Update — April 16, 2024

 WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) crews safely removed a massive piece of equipment known as the “Green Giant” from a facility being demolished at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP). 

Painted green decades ago, the sampler system held samples from various vessels used in former spent fuel reprocessing operations at the WVDP. It weighed 1,100 pounds, with 75,000 pounds of steel and lead shield plates on the outside of it. 

EM and workers with cleanup contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV) removed the steel shield structure from a chemical processing cell as part of the ongoing demolition of the Main Plant Process Building. They packaged the sampler system for offsite disposal. 

“This all comes down to planning,” said Stephen Bousquet, assistant director of West Valley’s Office of Project Management. “Working as a team and utilizing feedback and lessons learned helped to make this work evolution safe, smooth and compliant. When performing challenging work, safety must remain the top priority, and that’s exactly what this team did.” 

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Nancy Raca, Facilitator
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