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August 17, 2017
Participants in the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) demonstration gather behind PipeDream.
EM Looks to Bring PipeDream Robot to Life in Portsmouth Site Cleanup
An EM-led collaborative project is exploring using a robot to drive through several hundred miles of pipes at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
August 17, 2017
From left: Jim and Helen Courson and Roy Landberg.
Portsmouth Site Tour Serves as Reunion for 17 Family Members
A recent public tour of EM’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant may have seemed more like a reunion for 17 members of the Kielmar family.
August 17, 2017
Fluor’s Andy Anderson mentors Ansley Sims, a senior studying mechanical engineering at the University of Kentucky.
Interns Try Out Future Careers at Paducah Site
Fifteen college students explored careers at EM’s gaseous diffusion plant site near Paducah, Kentucky this summer.
July 3, 2017
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Releases Request for Proposals for Portsmouth Paducah Project Office (PPPO) Technical Support Services (TSS)
DOE today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Portsmouth Paducah Project Office (PPPO) Technical Support Services (TSS) acquisition.
June 28, 2017
Two Paducah Site Contractors Receive Governor’s Safety and Health Award
Two Paducah Site Contractors Receive Governor’s Safety and Health Award
Two companies working for EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) received the Kentucky Governor’s Safety and Health Award.
June 15, 2017
Officials from Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office and Portsmouth Mission Alliance gather to sign the partnering agreement.
PPPO, Infrastructure Contractor Sign Partnering Agreement
Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) and Portsmouth Mission Alliance (PMA) signed a partnering agreement May 24, 2017.
May 25, 2017
DOE Awards Contract for Continued Deactivation and Remediation of Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of a contract to Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, LLC for the continued...

May 17, 2017
Acting EM Assistant Secretary Sue Cange delivers opening remarks during the EM Site-Specific Advisory Board Chairs meeting in Paducah, Kentucky.
Paducah Welcomes EM Site-Specific Advisory Board Chairs
PADUCAH, Ky. – The Paducah Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) hosted EM officials from DOE headquarters and local representatives from a set of cleanu...
April 27, 2017
Workers lower process gas equipment from a cell for analysis and packaging.
Portsmouth Site Reaches Key Deactivation Milestone

PIKETON, Ohio – EM’s Portsmouth Site and cleanup contractor Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP) recently finished deactivating the first floor unit of the...

March 30, 2017
DOE Releases Draft Request for Proposal for Portsmouth Paducah Project Office (PPPO) Technical Support Services Procurement
Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) today issued a Draft Request for Pr...
March 23, 2017
The winning Science Bowl team from Wheelersburg High School displays their victory banner immediately following the South Central Ohio Regional competition.  Pictured (left to right) are: DOE Regional Coordinator Greg Simonton, team captain Jacob Lewis, Gus Shoemaker, Aaron Bundy, coach Paul Boll, and Quin Whitley.
Wheelersburg High School captures 5th Annual DOE South Central Ohio Regional Science Bowl Title

PIKETON, Ohio — Wheelersburg High School underclassmen Jacob Lewis, Quin Whitley, Aaron Bundy and Gus Shoemaker called themselves the school’s “B...

March 3, 2017
Department of Energy Announces Paducah Site Tours Schedule
Department of Energy Announces Paducah Site Tours Schedule

PADUCAH, KY (March 3, 2017) — The U.S. Department of Energy announced today its 2017 schedule for public tours of its site near Paducah, Ky.  Tour...

February 28, 2017
Mid-America Conversion Services assumed operations of EM’s DUF6 conversion facilities in Paducah, Ky. (shown above) and Portsmouth, Ohio on Feb. 1.
MCS Begins Operations of EM’s DUF6 Plants

There’s a new management team at EM's two depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) conversion facilities, with Mid-America Conversion Services (MCS)...

February 28, 2017
Elizabeth Wyatt, mechanical engineer and senior technical advisor for Fluor Paducah Deactivation Project, helps Ballard County Middle School students understand groundwater and water sampling.
EM Takes STEM Education on the Road

PADUCAH, Ky. – Thanks to groundwater experts with EM’s Paducah Site deactivation and remediation contractor, local middle school students enjoy an...

February 17, 2017
Placing second in the West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl's high school competition Feb. 17 was Calloway County High School Team 1.  They are: (Left to right) Zach Ellis, Marshall Thompson, Claire Umstead, Joza Mikvlcik, Michael Okuda, and coach Erica Gray.
Gatton Academy, Calloway County top West Kentucky Science Bowl competitors

PADUCAH, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2017) — The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science Team 1 won the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) West Kentucky...

February 14, 2017
The nearly 150 people in attendance filled the meeting space at Piketon High School.
Large Crowd Turns Out for Public Update on Portsmouth Site Cleanup Progress
PIKETON, Ohio – With nearly 150 people in attendance, EM’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant recently marked one of the largest turnouts for a...
February 14, 2017
Robert “Buz” Smith (far left) and Don Dihel (far right), the EM coordinators from the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, join 1st Place Heath Middle School Team 2 (front row, left to right) Ava Kelly, Jacob Harris, Mason Hancock, and Tylee Haws; (back row, left to right) Coach Brandy Roberts and Xander Norment. Eighteen middle school teams participated in the event.
Paducah Site Hosts Annual Science Bowl Competitions

PADUCAH, Ky. – Seven years ago, EM’s Paducah Site launched the West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl with a simple goal to promote science and math...

February 3, 2017
1st Place Heath Middle School Team 2 (left to right, front row) - Ava Kelly, Jacob Harris, Mason Hancock, and Tylee Haws; Back row - Coach Brandy Roberts and Xander Norment
Heath Middle School Triumphs at DOE West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl

PADUCAH, Ky. – Heath Middle School won the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl February 3 during competition...

January 20, 2017
Public invited to meeting on Portsmouth Site cleanup status
Public invited to meeting on Portsmouth Site cleanup status
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites members of the public and other stakeholders to an update meeting on the decontamination and decommissioni
December 29, 2016
Dr. Vincent Adams congratulates crew members who prepared the first shipment of process gas equipment from the Portsmouth Site in early 2013.
Dr. Vincent Adams Retiring After 30-Year DOE Career

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Dr. Vincent Adams, deputy manager of EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO), retires at the end of this month after 30...

November 2, 2016
Front, left to right: Tyler Hicks and Rob Swett from DOE’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office in Lexington pack non-perishable items for donation to local food pantries.
Energy Department Workers Gather Food for Local Families in Need

LEXINGTON, Ky—Workers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) in Lexington, Kentucky – together with its...

October 31, 2016
Portsmouth’s X-326 Process Building.
Alternative Approach Saves Time, Money Preparing for Demolition

PIKETON, Ohio – An alternative approach to determine how much remaining uranium is in piping and equipment should reduce time safely preparing the...

October 20, 2016
More than 1,400 educators and students participated in the 2016 Science Alliance event at DOE's Portsmouth Site in Piketon, Ohio.
Record number of students attend 8th DOE Science Alliance event

PIKETON, Ohio  ̶  More than 1,400 students and educators from 25 southern Ohio high schools participated in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE)...

October 20, 2016
Tour guide Steve Christmas of Fluor Federal Services discusses the process to enrich uranium as participants gather in the former plant’s main control room. (Photo by Will Evans)
First Paducah DOE Site Tours Attract Visitors From Across the Nation
PADUCAH, Ky.—The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently completed its first year of public tours at its Paducah Site, welcoming nearly 500 people