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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.
February 20, 2018
DOE Paducah Site Tour Dates Announced for 2018
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on February 20 announced its 2018 public tour schedule of its site near Paducah, Kentucky.
February 20, 2018
Gatton Academy won the 2018 West KY Regional Science Bowl. Pictured are EM-PPPO’s Buz Smith, Phillip Wilkerson, Anas Gondal, Benjamin Kash, Arthur “Jack” Thacker, Ethan Brown, Coach Cheryl Kirby-Stokes, and PPPO’s Don Dihel.
Gatton Academy Wins DOE West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl
Gatton Academy of Bowling Green won the 10th Annual U.S. Department of Energy West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl on Friday, Feb. 16.
February 6, 2018
The Lone Oak Middle School winning team (left to right): Jack Perriello, Reese Bell, EM Paducah Site Lead Jennifer Woodard of EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office, Isaac Reynolds, Avery Miller, Cameron Willis, and coach Daniel Rushing.
Kentucky Middle School Advances to DOE’s National Science Bowl
Lone Oak Middle School won DOE’s West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl Feb. 2 during competition among 20 middle school teams.
January 23, 2018
PPPO Launches Facebook Page
PPPO has launched a Facebook Page. PPPO will use the medium to communicate with the public and stakeholders about site cleanup and community outreach.
January 9, 2018
The C-400 Cleaning Building is located near the center of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site.
Paducah Site Develops ‘End Game’ Strategy for Groundwater Contamination
EM’s PPPO is seizing an opportunity to tackle the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant’s biggest source of groundwater contamination.
December 19, 2017
From left: Calloway County Middle School Science Bowl team coach Scott Pile and visual arts teacher Heather Duffy pose with Jayne Bishop, winner of the 2018 West Kentucky Science Bowl T-Shirt Design Contest.
DOE Science Bowl T-Shirts Will Feature Student’s Winning Design
An eighth-grade student received the $500 prize for her school for her design of the 2018 official Science Bowl T-shirt.
November 21, 2017
Joel B. Bradburne Photo
Joel Bradburne is PPPO’s New Deputy Manager
Joel B. Bradburne has been promoted to deputy manager of EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO).
November 21, 2017
Workers transferred oil from the X-530 switchyard to tanker trucks in a recycling project that resulted in a gross return of approximately $72,000 to the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative to support economic development in the area.
Portsmouth Recycled Oil Project Supports Southern Ohio Economic Development
EM’s PPPO recently partnered with the local community to complete a mutually beneficial recycling project at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
October 31, 2017
EM Paducah Site Safety Systems Oversight/General Engineer Brad Pont leads Atomic Energy Workers Council members through the C-300 Building.
Atomic Energy Workers Council Tours Paducah Site
The Atomic Energy Workers Council (AEWC) recently toured EM’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
October 31, 2017
Fluor Federal Services interns drop off the Paducah Site’s donated food for the 2017 Feds Feed Families food drive.
Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Donates Nine Tons of Food for Local Families
The annual Feds Feed Families food drive held by EM's PPPO and its contractors yielded almost nine tons of food for people in need this year.
October 24, 2017
Paducah Site Entrance
New Cleanup Contractor Begins at Paducah Site
Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, LLC (FRNP), a CH2M-led company with partners Fluor Corporation and BWX Technologies, Inc., commenced work.
October 24, 2017
Marshall County High School students tour the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant’s C-300 Control Room as part of their Annual Site Environmental Report summary project orientation.
EM, University of Kentucky Help High Schoolers Hone Critical Skills
Local students will apply writing, analysis and critical thinking skills to translate a highly technical Paducah Site report for the public.
October 17, 2017
Personnel load a flat-bed truck for an off-site shipment.
Paducah Cleanup Contractor Surpasses 5 Million Safe Hours
EM’s prime cleanup contractor at the Paducah Site has recorded more than 5 million hours without a lost-time work injury since July 2014.
October 17, 2017
More than 1,700 students participated in the Portsmouth Site’s Science Alliance event.
Record Number of Students Attend Portsmouth Science Alliance Event
More than 1,700 high school students from 31 southern Ohio high schools attended DOE’s Science Alliance event at Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
October 10, 2017
Energy Secretary Rick Perry recently toured EM’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Site
Secretary Rick Perry Tours Portsmouth Site D&D Projects
Energy Secretary Rick Perry recently toured EM’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Site and received updates on deactivation and decommissioning.