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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).
June 11, 2019
Leaders of the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office and Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, the Paducah Site’s deactivation and remediation contractor, partner to achieve EM’s mission safely and compliantly.
Partnership Agreement Furthers EM Paducah Mission
EM’s Paducah Site leaders recently met with managers from Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership for one of two partnering sessions scheduled for 2019.
May 21, 2019
EM Paducah Site Electrician Steve Atherton installs electronic horns for the criticality accident alarm system to replace the air-powered horns that have been used since the 1990s.
Paducah Site Installs More-Efficient Alarms
Workers are making changes to reduce utility and maintenance costs for EM’s Paducah Site cleanup.
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 11, 2019
An aerial photograph shows the former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site in 2017.
DOE Announces Additional Dates for Public Tours at Paducah Site
The U.S. Department of Energy Paducah Site has announced two additional dates for public tours—June 1 and June 22, 2019.
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.
March 21, 2019
Spaces Still Available for Paducah DOE Site Tours
Seats are filling up as online registration for the Department of Energy’s Paducah Site public tours continues
March 5, 2019
Lee and Nanette Gallant toured EM’s Paducah Site last year and said they found it unique due to the number of intact facilities.
Paducah Site Tour ‘Most Unique’ for Nuclear History Buffs
Nanette Gallant was amazed by the extensiveness of the former gaseous diffusion plant operations.
February 26, 2019
DOE summer college interns like Alex Montgomery gain hands-on experience as they learn how deactivation and remediation services are safely performed at the Paducah Site.
DOE Paducah Site Seeks College Interns for the Summer
Two of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Paducah Site contractors are accepting applications for their 2019 College Summer Internship
February 19, 2019
Pictured left to right: Calloway County Middle School students Isaac Martin, Drake Calhoon and Emma Arnett work together to answer questions during the final match of the DOE Regional Science Bowl.
Calloway County Middle School Advances to DOE National Science Bowl
Calloway County Middle School of Murray, Kentucky, won the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl February 15.
February 4, 2019
Gatton Academy Wins DOE West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl.
DOE Science Bowl Contenders Vie to Represent West Kentucky
Gatton Academy won the DOE West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl and will represent the area in the National Finals.
January 22, 2019
PPPO Manager Robert Edwards, shaking hands with Mid-America Conversion Services Union Safety Representative Jeremy Bates & personnel at EM’s Portsmouth Site for a group photo to commemorate all seven DUF6 Conversion Project production lines in operation.
DUF6 Conversion Project Off to Strong Start Following Improvements
EM converted 5,110 metric tons of depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) into a more stable form from October through December last year.
January 17, 2019
Paducah DOE Site workers prepare to load a Caterpillar SR4 diesel generator that was transferred to PACRO.
DOE Transfers Excess Paducah Site Generator to Local Community
DOE Transfers Excess Paducah Site Generator to Local Community
January 16, 2019
Pictured from left: Calloway County High School Science Bowl coach Erica Gray, Science Bowl Coordinator Steve Christmas, student Mark Thang, DOE Science Bowl Coordinator Buz Smith, and Calloway Principal Chris King.
Calloway High School Student Wins Design Contest for West Kentucky DOE Science Bowl
Mark Thang of Calloway County High School was recently named winner of the 2019 West Kentucky DOE Science Bowl t-shirt design contest.
January 8, 2019
Equipment for the criticality accident alarm system (shown above) was permanently shut off in the C-400 Cleaning Building.
EM Reaches Milestone in Deactivation of Paducah’s C-400 Building
Workers have cleaned up legacy materials in the C-400 Cleaning Building at EM’s Paducah Site.
December 18, 2018
Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership employee Elizabeth Wyatt teaches students how to “don” and “doff” personal protective equipment.
Paducah Site Workers Educate Girls About STEM Careers
More than 120 students recently took part in an interactive learning space hosted by EM’s PPPO deactivation and remediation contractor.