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Dundas: 'This new facility and more modern equipment will help our security force'

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Crews are building a new security guard house to provide more space for officers as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management cleanup at the West Valley Demonstration project.


The project will also include updated offices, modern equipment, badging for site staff and storage space, according to a Sept. 13 news release.


“It’s important that we provide our security force with the tools they need to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently,” EM WVDP Safety and Site Programs Team leader Jennifer Dundas said in the release. “This new facility and more modern equipment will help our security force to be better prepared to protect and serve our workforce and the site.”


The current guard house was built in the early 1980s, and while it has served its purpose effectively, the site has outgrown its current capabilities, according to the release. The new facility will be designed to better support the needs of the area while EM moves towards the next cleanup phase – the demolition of the Main Plant Process Building – which is considered an EM 2022 priority.


“Our current guard house is more than 40 years old and needed to be replaced,” David Schuman, safeguards and security manager for EM cleanup contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley, said inthe release. “This new facility will enhance our security presence and effectiveness, and improve officer and employee safety. Improving our ability to support the site helps us to better handle any situation that may arise.”

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