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February 24, 2021
Murray Middle School's winning team, pictured:(back row, left to right) Coach Mechelle Morgan, Selvan Antony, Ethan Peng, Coach Sheri Muehleman; (front row, left to right) Ali Yarali, Amelie Johnson and Cullen Larkin.
Murray Middle School Advances to DOE National Science Bowl®
Murray Middle School won their division at the West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl, advancing to DOE National Science Bowl®.
February 23, 2021
Pictured is the bulk-hydrogen project installation at the Portsmouth Site. This backup system for producing hydrogen was among several plant modifications EM’s Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Project completed during the past year.
DUF6 Conversion Project Completes Major Safety Upgrades
EM’s Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Project completed several plant modifications at its Portsmouth, Ohio and Paducah, Kentucky facilities.
February 5, 2021
Shown is the trophy for this year's Science Bowl winner.
Paducah Tilghman High School Advances to DOE National Science Bowl®
Paducah Tilghman High School Advances to DOE National Science Bowl® by winning the 13th Annual West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl.
February 2, 2021
Calloway County Middle School eighth-grader Kaylee Tharp, left, and Calloway County Academic Team Coach Scott Pile model the DOE West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl t-shirts featuring Tharp’s design.
Middle Schooler’s Winning Design Highlights Science Bowl Kickoff
A winning design by eighth-grader Kaylee Tharp will decorate the official t-shirt of DOE’s 13th Annual West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl.
January 6, 2021
Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth’s Christmas Gifts for Children program recently hosted a Drive-Through Toy Drive at the Waverly Moose Lodge in Ohio. Pictured are FBP’s Jeff Riley (Santa Claus), and event organizer Kylea Barnes.
PPPO Workers Reinvent Holiday Giving Efforts
PPPO employees and contractors devised innovative ways to continue their holiday giving campaigns this year while adhering to COVID-19 protocols.
December 22, 2020
Pictured is one of five cigarette-recycling containers provided by EM contractor Swift & Staley, Inc. It was placed in Paducah by city officials.
Paducah Site Contractor Receives Environmental Leadership Award
The award is given to companies that demonstrate outstanding stewardship of Kentucky’s environment through energy conservation and air quality.
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 10, 2020
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Awards Paducah Infrastructure Support Services Contract
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Swift & Staley, Inc.
December 8, 2020
EM Set to Remove 750,000 Gallons of Refrigerant From Paducah Site
EM Set to Remove 750,000 Pounds of Refrigerant From Paducah Site
EM is scheduled this year to remove 750,000 Pounds of R-114 refrigerant, commonly known as Freon, from the Paducah 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 17, 2020
Since pump-and-treat operations began at the Paducah Site, EM has been successful in reducing the concentration levels of trichloroethene in groundwater.
Paducah Marks 25 Years of Successful Pump-and-Treat Operations
EM’s Paducah Site has been the safe operation of the system to treat and reduce groundwater contamination.
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 28, 2020
Paducah Site contractor maintenance mechanic Matt Wheeler spots Heavy Equipment Operator Ryan Jackson as a cold trap is lowered onto a shipping trailer outside the storage facility.
Paducah Site Reduces Waste Inventory
EM's Paducah Site recently removed approximately 42 percent of the site’s enriched uranium inventory with a shipment of cold traps.
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.
August 17, 2020
Salvation Army employees Jeffrey English and Mindy Reid distribute food boxes curbside to limit contact during the pandemic.
Paducah Site Raises 27,810 Pounds of Food for Local Charities
PPPO's Paducah Site raised 27,810 pounds of food for local charities during July as part of DOE's Feds Feed Families effort.
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.
April 22, 2020
Shown is the east side of the C-400 Building after recent cleanup efforts.
Paducah Site Clears Area to Investigate the C-400 Complex
Paducah Site clears infrastructure to facilitate investigation in preparation for demolition of the C-400 Building.
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.
February 25, 2020
Lone Oak Middle School Team One took first place. Pictured left to right: DOE Paducah Site Lead Jennifer Woodard, Evie Maddox, Manav Shah, Owen Cody, Carter McReynolds, Cole Cannon, Coach Daniel Rushing and DOE Strategic Planner Buz Smith.
Paducah's Lone Oak Middle School Advances to DOE National Science Bowl
On February 21, 2020, a team from Lone Oak Middle School of Paducah, Kentucky won the U.S. Department of Energy’s West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl.
February 14, 2020
Amy Shumate pauses for a photograph with Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership Senior Community Relations Specialist and DOE community tour coordinator Steve Christmas before a recent tour.
Paducah Site Tour Fascinates Louisville Science Teacher
Louisville science teacher Amy Shumate last year visited the Paducah Site and plans to incorporate what she learned into her instruction.
February 12, 2020
FY 2020 Budget Request Provides for Significant Portsmouth, Paducah Cleanup Progress
The Department of Energy’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget request provides the resources for strong progress in the department’s cleanup mission.