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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.
February 11, 2020
Gatton Academy Team One is shown with the winners' banner following the DOE West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl.
Gatton Academy Wins DOE West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl
The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science Team One of Bowling Green, Kentucky, today won the DOE West Kentucky Science Bowl.
January 16, 2020
Heath Middle School students accept a cash prize for their school for designing the official T-shirt for the DOE Regional Science Bowl in western Kentucky.
Heath Middle School Students Win DOE Science Bowl T-Shirt Design Contest
Heath Middle School students receive a $500 check for their school for winning the official T-Shirt design contest for the regional science bowl.
January 14, 2020
Swift & Staley Inc. employees accept the EHS Today America’s Safest Company award in Dallas, Texas
Paducah Site Contractor Named One of America’s Safest Companies
The environment health and safety magazine has named EM’s prime infrastructure contractor at the Paducah Site as one of America’s Safest Companies.
January 7, 2020
Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership workers load debris from the recent cleanout of the C-740 Material Yard, one of the site’s largest storage yards.
Paducah Site Cleanup Workers Achieve One Million Safe Work Hours
Deactivation and remediation workers with FRNP recently surpassed one million work hours without a lost-time accident or illness.
November 26, 2019
Damon Cates applies labels on a shipping container in preparation for the first cold trap leaving the EM Paducah Site.
Cleanup Advances as First Cold Trap Leaves Paducah Site
Workers recently made progress in the deactivation and remediation of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
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 29, 2019
April Ladd discusses the status of work activities at the EM Paducah Site C-400 Deactivation Project with Tom Peeler, a deactivation maintenance mechanic with Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, the Paducah Site’s deactivation and remediation contractor.
Paducah Site Engineer Turns Challenges into Opportunities
Paducah Site Engineer Turns Challenges into Opportunities
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
October 1, 2019
Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership Heavy Equipment Operator Brad Langston begins to shear a powered industrial truck stored at the C-740 Material Yard in order to downsize it for removal.
Workers Clear One of Paducah Site’s Largest Storage Yards
Workers Clear One of Paducah Site’s Largest Storage Yards
September 24, 2019
EM’s Paducah Site transferred two package boilers to the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization. One of the portable boiler units is pictured here.
Paducah Site Boilers to Help Fire Up Regional Job Growth
EM’s Paducah Site recently transferred two 650-horsepower package boilers to the Paducah Area Community.
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.
August 13, 2019
Oscar Cross Club members (left to right) Jakevion “DJ” Perry, Chris Moore, and Madison Moore participate in a hands-on activity about groundwater remediation.
Paducah Site Visit Inspires Boys and Girls Club Members to Pursue Site Careers
During a visit, the club members learned about the history of the Paducah Site and met with site managers and workers to understand various careers.
August 1, 2019
DOE interns Tristan Alexander and Kyle Garner helped collect over 19,000 pounds of food for local nonprofits during the Feds Feed Families campaign.
Paducah Site Collects 19,000 Pounds of Food for Local Charities
College interns collected more than 19,000 pounds of food and other supplies for area nonprofit organizations so far in the Feds Feed families drive.
July 2, 2019
From left, Mid-America Conversion Services (MCS) Environment Safety & Health Manager Joe Johnson; Doug Raney, an MCS health, safety, and radiological control technician and United Steel Workers (USW) safety representative; Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin;
Paducah Site Contractors are Repeat Winners of Governor’s Safety Awards
Two prime contractors at EM’s Paducah Site were recognized by Kentucky’s governor for excellence in health and safety performance for the past year.
June 26, 2019
DOE interns, shown, are working with contractors Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership and Swift & Staley, Inc., at the Paducah Site in western Kentucky.
DOE Welcomes 20 New Summer Interns to Paducah Site
Twenty college students will participate in this year’s U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Summer Internship program.
June 18, 2019
A deactivation worker inspects railcars containing insulating oil from the Paducah Site’s C-533 Switchyard as they are prepared to be shipped to a buyer for the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization.
EM Oil Transfer Fuels Economic Development in Western Kentucky
EM recently transferred ownership of more than 300,000 gallons of electrical insulating oil to the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization (PACRO).