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CLEANUP AGREEMENT WILL GOVERN MANAGEMENT OF HAZARDOUS AND RADIOACTIVE MIXED WASTE AT WEST VALLEY, N.Y.

 NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) today announced they have entered into an agreement governing the management of hazardous and radioactive mixed waste at the Western New York Nuclear Service Center ("the Center"), which includes the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP), West Valley, N.Y.
 Also signing the agreement were the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the West Valley Nuclear Services Company, Inc. (WVNS), which are the other government and private entities responsible for the management of radioactive mixed wastes at the Center.
 The agreement requires DOE, WVNS, and NYSERDA to maintain records of the radioactive mixed waste stored on site, develop a plan to minimize generation of radioactive mixed waste and continue efforts to find facilities that will treat and dispose of the mixed waste.
 The agreement allows interim storage of mixed waste, on-site, while requiring DOE, WVNS and NYSERDA to provide EPA and NYSDEC with annual updates on efforts to secure a suitable treatment and disposal alternative.
 DOE, NYSERDA and WVNS are required to evaluate radioactive wastes now in storage to determine whether such wastes may contain any hazardous components. In addition, they are required to review records of the waste at the site, and to sample and analyze as necessary. They must also comply with all applicable federal and state waste analysis and storage requirements.
 The 3,345-acre site contains the only commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing plant to ever operate in the United States, and a commercial low-level radioactive waste disposal area. Both ceased operations in the 1970's.
 Owned by New York State, and managed for the state by NYSERDA, the site is now home to the WVDP, a joint federal/state effort authorized by Congress in 1980 to solidify the high-level radioactive wastes left over from the reprocessing operation and to clean up and close the facilities used.
 WVNS manages and operates the WVDP for DOE. NYSERDA manages portions of the Center not included in the WVDP, including the inactive low-level radioactive waste disposal area.
 This agreement is the second step in a two-step process designed to ensure that the cleanup and management of wastes at West Valley complies with state and federal regulations.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Breitenbach of the U.S. EPA, 212-264-2515; Stephanie Zarpas Albro of NYSDEC, 518-457-5400; Mary Jean Frank of NYSERDA, 518-465-6251, ext. 250; Barbara Mazurowski of DOE, 716-942-4313; or John Chamberlain of WNVS, 716-942-4610/


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