PADUCAH, Ky. – EM’s Paducah Site leaders recently met with managers from Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership (FRNP) for one of two partnering sessions scheduled for 2019.
“The purpose of these meetings is to create and foster an atmosphere where issues can be raised and openly discussed,” EM Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) Paducah Site Lead Jennifer Woodard said.
Other EM sites have joined PPPO in updating their partnering agreements. EM introduced a partnering policy eight years ago to improve contract and project management with the goal of delivering results on time and within budget.
At the most recent Paducah Site meeting, the parties updated and signed their existing partnering agreement and signed a new partnering charter aimed at making continuous improvements to environmental compliance activities covered under the FRNP Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant deactivation and remediation contract.
They also discussed two additional partnering charters — one on the groundwater program and the other on office space for Paducah Site workers — that could be pursued. The parties will continue to look at opportunities to innovate as they work together to do work safely and compliantly.
“We share a lot of core values,” FRNP Program Manager Jeff Bradford said. “Our partnership agreements help to facilitate work that ensures the safety of our workforce, the public, and the environment.”
The partnering sessions strive to foster a team environment with the goal of safe and efficient execution of work. The biannual meetings were implemented at the Paducah Site at the beginning of the FRNP contract to facilitate ongoing communication and collaboration between EM and the contractor.