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PIKETON, Ohio  ̶  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites members of the public and other stakeholders to an update meeting on the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) project at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Piketon High School from 5:30-8 p.m.  

Officials from DOE, D&D contractor Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP) and other site contractors will be on hand to discuss the progress of the cleanup project.  Topics to be covered include:

•    Deactivation of the former gaseous diffusion process buildings in preparation for demolition
•    Plan for on-site and off-site disposal of newly generated waste
•    Site preparation and construction of the On-Site Waste Disposal Facility (OSWDF)
•    Positive impacts of the cleanup work on the site and regional economy
•    DOE’s Environmental Assessment for the transfer of property

“There are a lot of positive developments happening with the Portsmouth D&D Project and this is a chance for us to discuss that progress with local stakeholders,” said Robert Edwards, Manager of the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office in Lexington, Ky.  “Interacting with the community is an important aspect of this project and we look forward to providing this update to the public.”

Representatives from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Historic Preservation Office and the Portsmouth Site Specific Advisory Board (SSAB) will also be in attendance.

Information stations will be available for D&D, environmental remediation, community support, waste disposition, the OSWDF, and safety.  Information will also be provided on the draft Environmental Assessment related to property transfer, and more.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 1-888-603-7722 or email questions@fbportsmouth.com.

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