PIKETON, Ohio – EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) recently partnered with the local community to complete a mutually beneficial recycling project at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site in southern Ohio.
The project — to recycle transformer oil from the plant’s X-530 electrical switchyard — is estimated to gross approximately $72,000 to the designated regional community reuse organization, the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI), which supports economic development in the area.
Workers removed about 120,000 gallons of oil weighing about 900,000 pounds from the switchyard’s transformers. Fluor-BWXT, the Portsmouth deactivation and decommissioning (D&D) contractor, coordinated the project for PPPO.
“This is a great example of how this program can work for the Department of Energy and work for the community,” said Greg Simonton, who oversees PPPO’s SODI recycling effort at the Portsmouth Site. “We seek to find materials and items that are excess to EM’s mission needs and provide those resources to SODI for local economic development. This is what we are all trying to accomplish with this program.”
Oil from the transfers was pumped into tanker trucks that can each hold more than 5,000 gallons. SODI, as part of its partnership with Southern Ohio Asset Recovery, negotiated an arrangement with Environmental Protection Services in Wheeling, West Virginia, with the oil ultimately going to electrical or other commercial purposes. The oil was transported from the Portsmouth Site to Wheeling by Cleveland-based EnviroServe.
“SODI is proud to be a part of the recycle program to reduce waste and reuse items that bring benefits to our community,” SODI Executive Director Steve Shepherd said.
Incorporated in 1997 as a non-profit community improvement corporation, SODI serves Jackson, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties. It’s chartered to catalyze economic development and improve the quality of life in the four-county region, and focuses on diversifying the region’s economy by supporting new business ventures that create new jobs.