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July 31, 2018
Mid-America Conversion Services Operator Bobby Ferren, right, is pictured with EM Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Deputy Federal Project Director James Johnson at the Paducah cylinder transfer system startup.
Upgrades Allow Conversion of DUF6 From Non-Standard Cylinders
EM recently launched long-planned systems to safely handle the disposition of non-standard storage cylinders containing depleted uranium hexafluoride.
July 31, 2018
Sprocket Director Jimi Gwinn, right, uses circuit boards to teach Paducah students Chris McVickers, left, and Miya Patterson about computer technology.
EM Donation Gives New Life to Old Computer Equipment
Brandon Hall recently read about Sprocket, Inc., a nonprofit makerspace, needing pre-owned circuit boards for an upcoming student technology project.
July 24, 2018
Front, PPPO Manager Robert Edwards, EM Assistant Secretary Anne White, SODI Executive Director Steve Shepherd. Back, SODI Counsel Kevin Shoemaker, PPPO Deputy Manager Joel Bradburne, PPPO's Greg Simonton
Assistant Secretary White Attends Portsmouth Site Land Transfer Event, Visits EMCBC
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White signed documents at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant marking the site’s land transfer to the local community.
June 28, 2018
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Awards Contract for the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Technical Support Services Acquisition
DOE Awards Contract for the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Technical Support Services Acquisition
June 26, 2018
The property DOE is transferring to the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative is about 80 open acres in size, located adjacent to Perimeter Road in the southeast portion of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site.
Energy Department Set to Transfer First 80 Acres at Portsmouth Site to Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is moving forward to transfer the first parcel of federal property at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
June 20, 2018
The injured owl rests in the arms of Swift & Staley Operations and Maintenance Manager Kyle Gore.
DOE Paducah Site Contractor Gives a ‘Hoot’ Rescuing Injured Owl
A recent call to Swift & Staley, DOE's Paducah infrastructure support services contractor, alerted staff that an injured owl had been found.
June 15, 2018
Interns with Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership and Swift and Staley for summer 2018 are pictured.
DOE Kicks Off Paducah Site Summer Internship Program
Twelve college students are participating in this year’s Summer Internship program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Paducah Site.
June 8, 2018
Gatton Academy’s 2018 National Science Bowl team in Washington, D.C. (left to right): Ethan Brown, Anas Gondal, Phillip Wilkerson, and Benjamin Kash. Not Pictured: Cheryl Kirby-Stokes, Coach
Bowling Green Students Enjoy National Science Bowl Experience
Four students from the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green, Ky., recently competed at DOE's National Science Bowl.
June 8, 2018
U.S. Congressman James Comer is shown with Lone Oak Middle School students Cameron Willis, Jack Periello, Isaac Reynolds, Reese Bell, and Avery Miller. Not pictured is Coach Susan Midkiff.
Lone Oak Middle School Students Compete at National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.
Five students from Paducah’s Lone Oak Middle School (LOMS) recently competed at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl.
May 29, 2018
Swift & Staley Team (SST) award presentation, left to right: SST Environment, Safety and Health Manager John Hobbs; Kentucky Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey; and SST United Steel Workers Safety Representative Jason Gilbert.
Two Paducah Contractors are Repeat Winners of Kentucky Safety Award
Two Paducah Contractors are Repeat Winners of Kentucky Safety Award
May 22, 2018
The upgraded Joint Information Center is located at Miracle City Academy, a private school located just north of the Portsmouth Site.
EM Upgrades Portsmouth Emergency Management Facilities
EM Upgrades Portsmouth Emergency Management Facilities
May 8, 2018
Geologists Rob Flynn (left) and Ken Davis examine core samples used to determine the location of the wells to optimize pump-and-treat operations at the Paducah Site’s northeast plume.
EM Completes Major Upgrade to Paducah Groundwater Treatment System
EM has installed an enhanced system to treat contaminated groundwater at its Paducah Site.
May 1, 2018
Photograph of the Emerging Technology Center of West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) -- the new home of the administrative offices of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board
Paducah Citizens Advisory Board Relocates Office
The offices of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) relocated effective May 1, 2018 to the campus of West Kentucky Community & Technical College.
May 1, 2018
Area residents examine a tabletop model of the Portsmouth Site at one of the recent community open houses conducted by EM and stakeholder organizations.
EM, Stakeholders Engage Community on Portsmouth Site Future Use
EM recently hosted open houses, joining stakeholder organizations in discussing with local residents various community reindustrialization efforts.
April 24, 2018
Dr. Jason Lovins with deactivation and decommissioning contractor Fluor-BWXT (left) discusses future use of EM’s Portsmouth Site with Portsmouth Mayor Kevin Johnson last week at a community open house in Scioto County, Ohio
Community Open House Series Focuses on Portsmouth Site Future Uses
Community Open House Series Focuses on Portsmouth Site Future Uses
April 24, 2018
Participants in the first monthly seasonal public site tour of 2018 at EM's former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant
Portsmouth Site Kicks Off Public Tours Season
Portsmouth Site Kicks Off Public Tours Season
April 11, 2018
DOE kicked off its third consecutive season of community tours of the former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant on April 7. Additional Saturday tours are scheduled for May 19, June 2, June 23, and September 8.
Paducah DOE Site Kicks Off 2018 Community Tours
DOE kicked off its annual seasonal community tours April 7. Additional Saturday tours are scheduled for May 19, June 2, June 23, and September 8.
April 10, 2018
At the largest source of groundwater contamination at the Paducah Site, April Ladd of EM’s PPPO describes ongoing deactivation and remediation projects related to the C-400 Cleaning Building to Sen. Mitch McConnell (center) and Secretary Rick Perry.
Secretary Perry, EM Assistant Secretary White Join Senator McConnell on Paducah Site Tour
Energy Secretary Rick Perry and EM Assistant Secretary Anne Marie White visited the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Site April 5.
April 10, 2018
Steve Christmas of Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership leads the EM Paducah Site’s first community tour of 2018 Saturday during a stop at the Central Control Facility.
Paducah Site Kicks Off 2018 Community Tours
The C-300 Building, the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant's nerve center was where uranium-enrichment operations were overseen for more than 60 years.
April 3, 2018
DOE, PACRO Provide Excess Clothes Dryers to Paducah Domestic Crisis Center
PPPO recently transferred four commercial clothes dryers to PACRO to support the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center in Paducah.
March 28, 2018
PPPO and contractor management wrapped up this year’s Waste Management Symposia with a presentation on plans to move forward the cleanup of the gaseous diffusion plants in Portsmouth and Paducah.
Officials Highlight Cleanup Progress at Portsmouth, Paducah
EM & contractor officials last week highlighted progress with cleanup projects underway at the former Portsmouth and Paducah gaseous diffusion plants.
March 19, 2018
Portsmouth Site Tour Dates Announced for 2018
DOE has announced the availability of a limited number of monthly public tours of the Portsmouth site from April through October 2018.
March 13, 2018
DUF6 Facility at the Paducah Site.
New DUF6 Contractor Receives “Good” Rating for First Evaluation Period
Mid-America Conversion Services earned an award fee of $1,098,247 during its first annual performance evaluation by Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office.
March 13, 2018
Wheelersburg Repeats as Champs of DOE South Central Ohio Regional Science Bowl
For the second consecutive year, Wheelersburg High School won the 2018 South Central Ohio Regional Science Bowl at Shawnee State University.
February 27, 2018
Railcars await shipments scheduled to depart the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant over a newly repaired drainage culvert.
Paducah Site Restores Rail Service to Support Cleanup, DUF6 Operations
Railroad tracks to and from Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant recently returned to service after a failed drainage culvert forced a temporary closure.