The US Department of Energy (DOE) has extended the cleanup contract with CH2M Hill BWXT West Valley, LLC’s (CHBWV) at the West Valley Demonstration Project in New York State by an additional 39 months to June 2023.

The purpose of the $243 million contract extension is to enable CHBWV to finish deactivation, demolition and removal of the Main Plant Process Building, which was the only commercially operated nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the USA, as well as other facility disposition activities. The contract was originally awarded in 2011.

Since it started work at West Valley, CHBWV has removed seven of the nine facilities surrounding the Main Plant Process Building. The consortium has also completed 98% of the deactivation work required before it can be demolished.

Significant infrastructure improvements have also been completed to support the current and future cleanup efforts at the site, BWXT said.

The CH2M Hill BWXT West Valley is a joint venture of Jacobs, Babcox & Wilcox Technical Services Group (BWXT), Environmental Chemical Corporation; and American DND.