Reed Delivers West Valley Cleanup Funds
Rep. Tom Reed announced increased funding for the West Valley Demonstration Project under the House-passed consolidated appropriations bill. The nuclear cleanup site in Cattaraugus County is slated to receive approximately $64 million to continue its nuclear waste cleanup efforts, an increase of more than $2 million from last year’s levels.
“We stood strong with the local community for West Valley funding and the cumulative efforts are being recognized with this important funding,” Reed said. “Protecting public safety is one of the most important functions of government and one that provides long-term economic and environmental benefits to the region. The House-passed appropriations bill balances the need to reduce Washington’s spending while prioritizing the projects – projects like West Valley – that taxpayers will see a clear return on their investment.”
“I’m happy to hear that the West Valley Demonstration Project will receive $64 million in funding through the omnibus bill,” said Chris Gerwitz, Town of Ashford Supervisor and member of the West Valley Citizen Task Force. “This level of funding will allow work to go forward this year as planned.”
In gearing up support for West Valley funding, Reed had multiple meetings with the West Valley Citizen Task Force, and welcomed them to Washington for a meeting at the Department of Energy in 2013. Reed’s amendment to restore millions more in funding for West Valley passed the House last summer, ensuring nuclear cleanup continues in full force at the site.
“Our advocacy for West Valley does not stop with this appropriations bill,” Reed continued. “We will see this project through to completion and be a vocal advocate for nuclear cleanup. It’s good for the safety of the local community, the care of the environment and taxpayers who would otherwise see added costs in future years.”
The total amount for Non-Defense Environmental Cleanup efforts was funded at $231,765,000 in the House-passed bill.
The fiscal year 2014 consolidated appropriations bill saves taxpayers $21 billion compared to last year’s spending level, contributing to the $165 billion in savings in discretionary spending since fiscal year 2010.