Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

February 22, 2014

TerraVault hopes to bring global administration for used nuclear fuel storage to BSC

BLUEFIELD — TerraVault Inc., a company that according to its website, was founded in 2011, to plan the construction of and operation of a facility for used nuclear fuel, announced on Wednesday that it plans to open its global administrative center in Bluefield.

“We are poised on the brink of a major expansion and Bluefield offers a unique set of qualifications that are necessary to our growth,” Link Murray, TerraVault Inc. chief executive officer, stated in a press release. The website lists TerraVault’s other officer as Dan Brown, vice president, business development. Brown introduced Annulus Games to the area some years ago.

According to the press release, TerraVault selected Bluefield as its administrative center for many reasons including the robotics expertise at Bluefield State College, a readily available workforce, low cost of living and much more.

According to TerraVault’s website, the company was founded in 2011, “to plan the construction and operation of a management facility for used nuclear fuel, offering disposal (permanent storage) or retrievability (temporary storage), if the last option becomes economically sound. The plan also calls for transport of used fuel by waterways rather than road or rail.”

“TerraVault is dedicated to serving the greater good and protecting the planet,” Murray was quoted in the press release as stating. “We look forward to partnering with the whole region in the realization of our goals.

“While we will be starting with a small cadre of personnel, we expect the Administrative Operations Center to grow to over 100 employees locally and provide international employment to over 1,000 people,” Murray stated.

Gerald James, executive director of Bluefield State College’s Research and Development Corporation, said TerraVault “is starting to get traction.” He said that the concept has a potential to grow in the future. “They’re going to be huge,” he said. “They are starting to get funding. I would expect there to be several more press releases regarding them in the future.”

TerraVault will be opening the initial office in the BSC Research & Development Corporation Building, according to the press release.

— Contact Bill Archer at

Text Only
Local News
  • U.S. shipping coal overseas

    July 28, 2014 1 Story

  • Firefighters worked scenario nearly identical to tunnel incident

    David Thompson Sr., chief of the Green Valley-Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department said on Sunday that regional emergency responders had met in Wytheville, Va., in June to discuss a emergency response that was similar to the real life emergency that occurred Friday afternoon in the northbound lanes of the East River Mountain Tunnel.

    July 28, 2014

  • Elite eight... Eight inducted into Tazewell High School Hall of Fame

    The Elite Eight were honored by the Tazewell High School Hall of Fame Saturday.
    Eight honorees — Glen Riddle, Charles Grindstaff, Whitney Davis, Carol Green Robertson, James “Robbie” Colley, Ralph “Moon” Mullins, James Farley and Don Necessary, Sr. — were inducted Saturday at THS in the seventh annual presentation coordinated by chairman Lawrence (Debo) Johnson. They join 50 previous honorees in the select group of former graduates, supporters and friends of THS as chosen by the HOF committee.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blue Jays Sunday Danville nips Bluefield in 12 innings

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Practice scenario nearly identical to real-life tunnel fire

    July 27, 2014

  • Crash... Two transported from Route 460 wreck

    Two people were transported to a Mercer County hospital following a two-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon on U.S. Route 460 at the intersection with Willowbrook Road.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo


    July 27, 2014

  • Active warrants in Tazewell County July 27 Active warrants in Tazewell County July 27

    The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking the following individuals. Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of these individuals can call the sheriff’s office at 276-988-1167 or the Tazewell County 911 Center at  276-988-0902.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_4822.jpg All tunnel lanes open

    Traffic on Interstate 77 was still backed up about 14 miles in Bland County, Va., Saturday evening, but the Virginia Department of Transportation reported at about 6 p.m. that both northbound lanes of I-77 through East River Mountain were open to traffic.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo 2 Slideshows

  • First on scene... Firefighters’ story: Working together put the fire out

    Lights in the southern end of the tunnel illuminate an odd design beside the catwalk near the left lane of the northbound tube of the East River Mountain Tunnel that transports I-77 from Virginia into West Virginia. Two firefighters who made the initial assault through the total darkness of the soot and smoke-filled tunnel left those marks as they slid their arms along the catwalk wall on their journey back to the light.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

National and World
Newspaper Deivery Routes Available
Sister Newspapers' News
Local News Videos