CH2M Hill to decommission nuclear waste storage plant

The Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a $333.4 million contract to CH2M Hill-B&W West Valley for the first phase of decommissioning at the West Valley Demonstration Project.

As part of the contract, CH2M Hill-B&W West Valley will offer project management; site operations, high-level waste canister relocation and waste management and nuclear materials disposition.

DOE has selected a two-phased approach for decommissioning activities at the WVDP in accordance with the West Valley Demonstration Project Act. Phase I is expected to take between eight and ten years and Phase II will begin once the first phase is completed.

The facility operated from 1966 to 1972 and was used to reprocess up to 660,000 gallons of used nuclear fuel. However, regulations required plant modifications that were too costly, and the plant shut down.

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