March 31, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Announces $74 Million in Stimulus Funds For West Valley Demonstration Project

Funds Will Be Directed Toward Environmental Clean-Up Efforts

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $74 million in stimulus funds for the West Valley Demonstration project. Overall, $6 billion in new funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be disbursed to accelerate environmental cleanup work and create thousands of jobs across 12 states. The West Valley Demonstration project will use the federal dollars to design and construct a storage system for high-level waste canisters and move them from the former waste treatment facility to the new system, allowing the former treatment facility to be decontaminated and demolished earlier than planned.  They will also demolish the former process buildings, install a system to prevent migration of groundwater contamination, and accelerate radioactive waste treatment and disposal activities to shrink the area of site contamination. These federal dollars will come from the U.S. Department of Energy.

"This is great news for the West Valley Demonstration project," said Senator Gillibrand. "Creating jobs in New York is my number one priority. This funding will accelerate cleanup of these areas that will benefit not only West Valley, but it will help create jobs and protect the environment. I will continue to work hard in the Senate to ensure New York gets its fair share of federal dollars."

Senator Gillibrand is a proud supporter of President Obama's economic recovery plan, which will save or create more than 215,000 jobs in New York State alone. The economic recovery plan will lay the foundation for future economic growth by building new transportation infrastructure, improving health care technology, investing in development of renewable energy and supporting investments in public education.

For more information on the Department's Environmental Management activities, visit www.em.doe.gov/pages/emhome.aspx.

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