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West Valley Demonstration Project

Also Known As: Nuclear Fuels Services, West Valley, Western New York Fuel Services Center
State: New York
Location: West Valley
Time Period: AWE 1966-1973; Residual Radiation 1974-1979; DOE 1980- present
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer Department of Energy
 
Facility Description: From 1966 to 1972, Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc., under contract to the State of New York, operated a commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing plant at the Western New York Nuclear Services Center. The plant reprocessed uranium and plutonium from spent nuclear fuel; sixty percent of this fuel was generated at defense facilities. Spent nuclear fuel reprocessing generated approximately 600,000 gallons of liquid high-level radioactive waste; this waste was stored onsite in underground tanks.
 
In 1980, the United States Congress passed the West Valley Demonstration Project Act (Public Law 96-368), which authorized the Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct a technology demonstration project to solidify the liquid high-level waste at the Western New York Nuclear Services Center..Under this act, DOE is also responsible for developing containers suitable for the permanent disposal of the solidified high-level waste at an appropriate Federal repository; transporting the containers to this repository; disposing of low level waste and transuranic waste generated by high level waste solidification; and decontaminating and decommissioning facilities used for the solidification. DOE is also responsible for dispositioning the spent nuclear fuel stored at the site.
 
In 1982, DOE selected vitrification as the treatment process for high level waste. This process solidifies and stabilizes nuclear waste by mixing it with molten glass. Pretreatment of the high-level waste began in 1988 and was successfully completed in 1995. DOE expects to complete the West Valley Demonstration Project by 2005.
 
During the period of residual contamination, as designated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and as noted in the dates above, employees of subsequent owners and operators of this facility are also covered under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.
 
CONTRACTOR: CH2M Hill-B&W (2011-present); West Valley Nuclear Services, Inc. (1982-2011)
 
Listing:
West Valley Demonstration Project is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) site and as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.
 
Compensation:
As of 06/14/2015, the total compensation paid under Parts B and E of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at the West Valley Demonstration Project is $12,260,627.
 
West Valley Demonstration Project Workers:
If you or your parent worked at this or any other DOE or AWE facility and became ill, you may be entitled to compensation of up to $400K plus medical benefits from the US Department of Labor. Call EEOICPA Counsel Hugh Stephens at 1-855-EEOICPA (336-4272) or fill out the form to the right, whether or not you have filed a claim and even if it has already been accepted or denied.
 
We can help with all OWCP (Federal Workers Compensation) claims, impairments, wage loss and health care. 2495 Main Street, Suite 442, Buffalo, NY 14214.

 

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DOCUMENTS:
 
NIOSH Technical Basis Documents
Site Profile
SITE PROFILE FOR THE WEST VALLEY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT
 
REVIEW OF THE NIOSH SITE PROFILE FOR THE WEST VALLEY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT
 
DOE DRAFT FOR U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION CONSULTATION REVIEW AND PUBLIC REVIEW
West Valley Demonstration Project – Draft Waste-Incidental-to-Reprocessing Evaluation for the Concentrator Feed Makeup Tank and the Melter Feed Hold Tank