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West Valley Demonstration Project recycles demolition debris for environmental sustainability

Cost savings continue at West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) as workers shipped the Utility Room Extension (URE) building’s large transformer offsite to be recycled.

To date, the WVDP has received more than $14,000 in savings from their recycling efforts. 

Crews continue to separate clean materials during demolition projects that can be recycled, which allows those cost savings to be used to offset ongoing cleanup efforts.

“Recycling is part of our commitment to be good stewards of the environment,” said DOE-WVDP Director Bryan Bower. “It’s the right thing to do and helps save money for taxpayers and the government.” 

The URE was added to the Main Plant Utility Room in 1994 and 1995 to provide the additional power needed for the vitrification melter that was used to solidified 600,000 of high-level liquid radioactive waste from 1996 to 2002.

Like other activities at West Valley, the WVDP team undertakes comprehensive efforts to segregate clean areas and identify materials suitable for recycling.

“Performing our cleanup efforts in a safe and environmentally sound manner is a formula for success,” said Joe Ebert, Site Operations manager of CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV), EM’s cleanup contractor. “West Valley and other DOE Environmental Management sites continue to reduce legacy risks while staying focused on safety and the environment.”

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