Site 101 Video

Aerial view of West Valley Demonstration Project
The West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) is located about 35 miles south of Buffalo, New York.

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The West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) is an approximate 150-acre area located 35 miles south of Buffalo, New York. The site is owned by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and is home to the only commercial spent nuclear fuel reprocessing facility to operate in the United States. Operating from 1963 to 1972, the site processed 640 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel and generated over 600,000 gallons of liquid high-level waste. In 1980, Congress passed the WVDP Act, which required DOE to conduct a high-level waste management demonstration project at the site and transport it to a federal repository for disposal. Watch the video above to learn more about the West Valley Demonstration Project.

Field Manager

Bryan C. Bower, Project Director


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Building demolition
Crews at the West Valley Demonstration Project begin demolition of the Load-In Facility, the last ancillary support structure that surrounds the Main Plant Process Building. The 4,500 square foot building has been used for several purposes over the years; and is no longer needed for current or future cleanup activities.