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December 15, 2020
A revamped website on the history of the Portsmouth Site updates the story of the historic plant’s impact through the years.
EM Launches Redesigned Virtual Museum on History of Portsmouth Site
EM recently launched a remodeled version of its popular virtual museum website covering the history of the Portsmouth Site.
December 8, 2020
Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth employees celebrate their achievement of 4 million safe work hours at the Portsmouth Site.
Portsmouth Site D&D Contractor Marks 4 Million Safe Work Hours
Workers for the deactivation and decommissioning prime contractor at the Portsmouth Site recently celebrated 4 million safe work hours without a lost.
November 24, 2020
Portsmouth Site Installs Water Treatment System for Disposal Facility
Portsmouth Site Installs Water Treatment System for Disposal Facility
EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office is installing the water treatment system for its On-Site Waste Disposal Facility.
November 10, 2020
The first new air monitoring station is delivered to its installation location on Hewes Road at the Portsmouth Site.
Portsmouth Site, State Enhance Air Monitoring Ahead of Major Demolitions
Additional air monitoring stations are being installed that will enhance environmental and radiological data collection during demolition.
November 3, 2020
Workers at the Paducah Site load depleted uranium oxide cylinders onto a specialized railcar for shipment to the Waste Control Specialists Federal Waste Facility.
Milestone Reached as First Shipment of Uranium Oxide Reaches Final Disposition
The first shipment of depleted uranium oxide (DUO) product recently left the Paducah Site in Kentucky and safely reached its final destination.
October 20, 2020
EM continues progress toward its key priority to begin demolition at the Portsmouth Site’s X-326 Process Building, pictured here.
EM Makes Progress on 2020 Priorities at Portsmouth, Brookhaven, ETEC Sites
While adapting operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EM has continued closing in on a key 2020 priority to begin demolition at the Portsmouth Site.
September 1, 2020
This screen-capture shows a student discussing a weather station lesson at the Virtual STEM Camp in August (photo courtesy of Ohio University).
EM Supports ‘Virtual STEM Camp’ for Ohio Youth
A virtual science, technology, engineering, and math camp supported by a grant from EM was conducted recently.
June 5, 2020
DOE Environmental Management News Flash
DOE Issues Decision on Disposal of Depleted Uranium Oxide From Kentucky, Ohio Plants
The U.S. Department of Energy today issued a formal Record of Decision (ROD) for the safe shipment and disposal of depleted uranium oxide.
March 17, 2020
Portsmouth process building
Portsmouth and Paducah Cleanup Set to Make Significant Impacts
EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office is set to make the first major skyline change later this year with demolition beginning on the X-326 building.
March 3, 2020
Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Contracting Officer Tyler Hicks.
Portsmouth/Paducah Cleanup Leads Contracting Officer Back Home
Growing up in Kentucky’s capital of Frankfort, Tyler Hicks knew a lot of state employees.
November 19, 2019
Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Manager Robert Edwards speaks at the Portsmouth Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Voluntary Protection Program ceremony.
A ‘Star’ is Born: The DUF6 Conversion Project's VPP Story
A ‘Star’ is Born: The DUF6 Conversion Project's VPP Story
October 22, 2019
Portsmouth Site Lead Jeff Bettinger welcomes students to the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site for the 10th Science Alliance event.
Portsmouth Site Welcomes 32 High Schools to Science Alliance Event
Portsmouth Site Welcomes 32 High Schools to Science Alliance Event
August 20, 2019
Zak Lafontaine, facility representative for EM’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site.
At His Day Job at EM’s Portsmouth Site, This Gamer Doesn’t Play
Zak Lafontaine is a world-class gamer.
May 7, 2019
Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Project technicians monitor conversion facilities from a plant control room.
DUF6 Conversion Project Reaches Highest Plant Reliability Mark at Portsmouth Site
EM’s project to convert the nation’s inventory of depleted uranium hexafluoride to a more stable oxide form disposal recently achieved a milestone.
April 30, 2019
Paducah Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Project workers pause for a photo to commemorate the project reaching its 9,000-metric-ton production goal ahead of schedule for fiscal 2019. Left to right, Bobby Ferren, Garry (Mike) Price, Michael (Mike)
DUF6 Conversion Project Meets Fiscal 2019 Goal Six Months Early
EM’s project to convert the nation’s inventory of depleted uranium hexafluoride to a more stable oxide form has reached its fiscal year.
April 5, 2019
Monthly tours of the former Portsmouth Gaseous  Diffusion Plant start up again on April 27, 2019.
2019 DOE Public Tours Of Portsmouth Site Begin April 27
DOE is pleased to announce the 2019 public-tour dates for the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Pike County, Ohio.
March 27, 2019
The winning team from Wheelersburg High School is shown with their trophy after capturing their third consecutive South Central Ohio Regional Science Bowl title.
Wheelersburg Wins Third Consecutive South Central Ohio Science Bowl
Wheelersburg High School recently captured the South Central Ohio Regional Science Bowl title at Shawnee State University.
November 14, 2018
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Releases Request for Information/Sources Sought for Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D)
DOE today issued a Request for Information/Sources Sought for the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) Decontamination and Decommissioning Project
October 30, 2018
Students at the Portsmouth Site Science Alliance event meet with representatives from regional universities.
Record Number of Students Learn About Portsmouth Careers at Science Alliance
The EM Portsmouth Site’s ninth annual Science Alliance event recently drew a record number of participants from southern Ohio schools.
October 16, 2018
Portsmouth Mission Alliance United Steelworkers (USW) presents the latest Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) certificate at the Portsmouth Site flagpole where the VPP STAR flag flies for the eighth consecutive year.
Portsmouth Contractor Earns Eighth Consecutive ‘STAR’ Safety Recognition
EM contractor PMA recently received DOE VPP “STAR” recognition for the eighth consecutive year on behalf of the infrastructure support workforce.
September 27, 2018
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
Energy Department Approves Extension of Portsmouth Site Cleanup Contract
Energy Department Approves Extension of Portsmouth Site Cleanup Contract
September 4, 2018
EM Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office's Johnny Reising, right, discusses progress on construction of the Portsmouth Site's Onsite Waste Disposal Facility with Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar from the facility's observation tower.
Under Secretary Dabbar Visits Portsmouth D&D Project
DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar visited the Portsmouth Site last week to learn more about EM’s cleanup.
August 28, 2018
Portsmouth Non-Destructive Assay Technician Damon Horn, left, demonstrates how the lift assist of the exoskeletal device helps hold his arms in position.
Portsmouth Site Workers Evaluate ’Bionic’ Vests for Overhead Work
No, Damon Horn is not the “Six-Million-Dollar Man.” He doesn’t even try to imitate actor Lee Majors’s 1970s science fiction TV character.
August 21, 2018
Workers rehabilitated six wells used to supply water to EM’s Portsmouth Site.
Portsmouth Site Rehabilitates Well Field Water Flow
EM’s Portsmouth Site recently rehabilitated 6 water wells, restoring them to the original design performance with substantially increased flow rates.
August 15, 2018
FBP's Rob Allyn demonstrates how to use a tablet to launch the Radpiper robot. From left, EM Fellow Michael DiBono; CMU’s David Kohanbash and William “Red” Whittaker; Rod Rimando, Dir of EM’s Tech Dev Office; and FBP's Allyn and Brian Summers.
Radpiper Robots Crawl to Successful Run in Portsmouth Plant's Enrichment Pipes
The Radpipers moved at an “impressively efficient pace” — up to 10 ft/minute — within the 30-inch & 42-inch-diameter uranium enrichment process pipes.