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Sandy Childers of inSolves, subcontractor to Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth, leads a bus tour of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site. DOE recently announced its annual seasonal public tours schedule for 2018.
DOE photo by Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth

   PIKE COUNTY, Ohio – For the seventh consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced the availability of a limited number of monthly public tours of the former uranium enrichment facility at Piketon.  The tours will be available April through October 2018.  
   More than 1,400 people have attended the public tours since they were initiated in April 2012, enjoying a guided history lesson of the site and getting a first-hand view of current activities on the site. 
   The following seven Saturday dates will be available for the general public, for which pre-registrations are being accepted: April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, and October 20. 
   The deadline for registration for each three-hour tour is the 30th of the prior month. The deadline for signing up for the April 21 tour is Friday, March 30, 2018.
   Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  They are free of charge and can accommodate a maximum of 40 people each.  A minimum of 20 participants will be required in order for a tour to be conducted.  All attendees must be 18 years of age or older and must be U.S. citizens.  No cameras, cell phones, or other recording devices are permitted.
   The tours are coordinated for DOE’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office by contractor Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth.  It is primarily a driving bus tour with up to two stops inside the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
   Timeframe for the tours includes badging from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. the day of the tour, with a brief welcome before boarding a charter bus for the driving portion.  Participants are returned by noon.
   Interested persons should email Jason Lovins at or call (740) 897-2863. Messages should include name, tour date, and a daytime telephone number.