2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2009 09:33:17 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] TRIBES, RADIATION: West Valley Demonstration Project (NY)
Group say they want total cleanup at West Valley site; feds allocate $74 million to project

By Rick Miller
Olean Times Herald (NY)
April 1, 2009

IRVING - The U.S. Department of Energy's plans for the long-term cleanup at the West Valley Demonstration Project got a cool reception Tuesday at its first hearing in Western New York on the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus Territory, which is downstream from the cleanup site.

The Department of Energy's preferred alternative is a two-phased cleanup with much of the agreed-upon work being done in the first phase. The plan puts off for up to 30 years, however, any decisions on whether to remove underground tanks that once held highly radioactive liquids or to excavate state and federal burial grounds containing thousands of tons of low-level radioactive wastes.

There was emotional testimony from Seneca Councilor Todd Gates read from a resolution the Tribal Council passed at a meeting on the Allegany Territory earlier in March calling for a full cleanup of the West Valley site's "toxic and radioactive wastes," some of which remains radioactive for thousands of years.


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