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Workers at the West Valley Demonstration Project use a high lift to help remove the large cover off the excavator.
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A transport truck delivers an excavator to the West Valley Demonstration Project for use in demolition activities.

Two Department of Energy Environmental Management (DOE-EM) sites have saved more than $1.8 million by sharing heavy-duty equipment for large demolition activities, and the savings continue to grow.

“Working together, these two DOE-EM sites found a way to increase cost-savings. Many times, innovation results just from thinking differently about how we conduct our business, and this is a good example,” said EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Gilbertson. “West Valley and SPRU figured that out in this case. We need to continue our efforts to enhance safety, reduce risks, and increase cost-effectiveness.”

In December, workers at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) received an excavator from the EM program at Separations Process Research Unit (SPRU) in Niskayuna.

EM workers at SPRU also delivered a heavy-duty hydraulic hammer and shears to the site in October. EM received two larger excavators at WVDP last week under this arrangement.

“Sharing equipment helps save money for taxpayers and the government, and saves cost and time on schedule because the equipment is already built, tested and used,” said Dan Sullivan, federal project director for the Main Plant Process Building and Vitrification Facility demolitions at the WVDP. “In addition, this equipment will be onsite and ready for use during the next phase of site cleanup.”
Scott Anderson, president of CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV), EM’s cleanup contractor, commended the team for its work.
“Sharing equipment and lessons learned between sites is a formula for success,” said Anderson. “Our employees will continue to work with other EM sites in reducing risks in a safe, cost-effective and environmentally compliant manner.”
The equipment will be used in the demolition of five ancillary structures surrounding the Main Plant Process Building and 19 other facilities at WVDP, including trailers, an old sewage treatment plant and water and septic tanks.

“This is a collective effort by everyone involved,” said Steven Feinberg, EM’s SPRU federal project director. “Cost savings and increased productivity among DOE’s EM sites are the results of working together. We are glad to be a part of this initiative.”