WVDP innovation improves safety, efficiency and costs in cleanup

Olean Times Herald, February 21, 2024 —

WEST VALLEY — The Department of Energy and its cleanup contractor at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) used innovative thinking to improve safety and efficiency and save taxpayer money by acquiring new automated tools for demolition equipment.

“The WVDP team uses diversity, collaboration and inclusion to its advantage when developing innovation solutions during cleanup activities,” said Stephen Bousquet, EM West Valley Project Management Assistant Director. “Combining their differences and strengths helps the team improve safety, increase efficiency and reduce costs.”

The new tools, known as quick couplers, feature an advanced automatic coupling system that enables an operator to change quickly between various attachments used in cleanup from inside the cab of an excavator while conducting demolition work on the Main Plant Process Building at West Valley.

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