Open House Scheduled to Discuss Decommissioning Plans for the West Valley Demonstration Project Site
An open house is set for Sept. 16 in West Valley, New York, to update the public on decommissioning plans for the West Valley Demonstration Project site. The Department of Energy submitted a Phase I decommissioning plan to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in December 2008. Under a memorandum of understanding, NRC will review and comment on the plan, and the Energy Department will consider NRC's comments before decommissioning work begins.
The site presented the only U.S. commercial reprocessing of nuclear fuel, on a demonstration basis, from 1966 to 1972, producing about 600,000 gallons of liquid high-level radioactive waste, according to NRC.
Decommissioning entails dismantling of the main plant process building and a vitrification facility, plus remediation of wastewater treatment facility lagoons, ancillary buildings, and other foundations and substructures. NRC staff will provide an overview of its review process and answer questions. More information is available here. Enter “09/16/2009” under “start date” and “end date” and select “New York” in the drop-down box for “state”.