Members of the Task Force
In 1996, NYSERDA and the U.S. Department of Energy issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for public comment, which evaluated closure options for the future management of the facilities at the Western New York Nuclear Service Center. During this DEIS process, NYSERDA perceived a need for broader public participation to help in the development of a closure option for the Center. Forming a community advisory group seemed to be the best way to understand the issues and concerns facing the local community. To make this a reality, NYSERDA, along with the support of DOE, initiated the formation of the West Valley Citizen Task Force.
The West Valley Citizen Task Force held its first meeting in late January 1997. In July 1998, the Task Force issued its Final Recommendations Report [PDF] on its policies, priorities, and guidelines for the cleanup, closure, or long-term management of the Center. Since 1998, the Task Force has met regularly to discuss a variety of issues regarding facility closure and long-term management of the Center. Their mission has expanded into other areas including future site use, long-term stewardship, and regulatory issues. The group has provided several sets of comments to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on its policy statement on the decontamination and decommissioning criteria for West Valley. The Task Force is also active in keeping the Congressional Representatives from the Western New York Region informed about the ongoing issues at the West Valley Site.
In January 2010, NYSERDA (as joint lead agency) and DOE released the Final EIS. In conjunction with the FEIS, in May 2010, NYSERDA released its State Environmental Quality Review Finding Statement.
The CTF continues to actively follow the developments of the Phase 1 Decommissioning Process.