WEST VALLEY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT

Photo courtesy of Energy.gov

Photo courtesy of Energy.gov

 

HISTORY

The West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP), formerly Western New York Nuclear Service Center, was established through the West Valley Demonstration Project Act of 1980. The Act requires that the Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for solidifying the high-level waste, disposing of waste created by the solidification, and decommissioning the facilities used in the process. The land and facilities are not owned by DOE. Rather, the project premises (200 acres) are part of the 3,300-acre Western New York Service Center. The Center is the property of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). After DOE's responsibilities under the Act are complete, the Act requires that the premises be returned to New York State.

CLEANUP ISSUES

HOST LOCAL COMMUNITIES

COMMUNITY PRIORITIES

The Town of Ashford is the lead community. The town:

  • Expects to be named as a participating agency in all decision making processes.

  • Expects there to be no waste left on sites as the final disposition of the WVDP.

  • Expects that any action made by DOE, NYSERDA, or its contractors that any decision they make that affects the Town, (changes to infrastructure, changes to security) be discussed with the town.

  • Insists that the WVDP is not suitable for any long term storage of any hazardous or radioactive wastes.

FY 2020 BUDGET


FY 2018 Enacted FY 2019 Enacted FY 2020 Request
75,000 75,000 75,215

(Non-Defense Environmental Cleanup. Amounts in thousands of dollars. Click here for the latest site budget.)

PRIMARY OPERATING CONTRACTORS

  • CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley, LLC (CHBWV) – Primary Cleanup Contractor

    • CHBWV is made up of CH2M HILL Constructors Inc., Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Group, Inc., and Environmental Chemical Corporation.

ELECTED LEADERSHIP

Federal Government

 State Government

Local Government

WEST VALLEY CITIZENS TASK FORCE

Mission: The Task Force meets regularly to discuss a variety of issues regarding facility closure and long-term management. The mission of the Task Force has expanded into other areas including future site use, long-term stewardship, and regulatory issues.

MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION

  • West Valley Demonstration Project Ashford Office Complex

    • Phone: 716-942-3235

  • Town of Ashford Supervisor’s Office

BY THE NUMBERS

  • The 275 waste canisters of vitrified high-level radioactive waste plus three canisters of decontamination waste were removed from the storage cell in the former reprocessing plant, loaded into 56 vertical storage casks, and stored onsite awaiting a permanent repository.

  • 125 surplus commercial spent nuclear fuel assemblies were removed from the fuel pool and shipped to the Idaho National Laboratory.

  • 24,000,000 curies of radioactivity were solidified in 600 tons of glass contained in 275 stainless steel canisters.

SITE NEWS

Updated August 2019.
Information in this profile is sourced from DOE, NNSA, and the site’s online resources.