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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
September 29, 2016
Attendance Continues to Grow for 8th Portsmouth Science Alliance Event

PIKETON, Ohio  ̶  More than 1,400 students and educators are anticipated for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) 8th Science Alliance event,...

September 29, 2016
DOE Awards Contract for the Operation of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Facilities

Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of a contract to Mid-America Conversion Services, LLC for the Operation...

September 29, 2016
DOE Extends Contract to Operate Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Plants

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) today announced it is extending its contract for...

September 23, 2016
Intern Schubert Moffatt presents Jennifer Woodard, DOE Site Lead, with 2,583 pounds of food collected to support the DOE Feds Feed Families program.
College Students Graduate from Intern Program at DOE Paducah Site

PADUCAH, KY—Seventeen college students recently graduated from a 10-week summer internship program with Fluor Paducah Deactivation Project, the U.S...

August 31, 2016
Fluor-BWXT Site Project Director Dennis Carr, left, learns how to operate a FirstLook robot from Fluor-BWXT Nondestructive Assay Engineer Kevin Banks.
Robotics Challenge Aims to Enhance Worker Safety, Improve EM Cleanup - Other EM Events Set for September Focus on Safety, Technology Deve...
PIKETON, Ohio – EM and its Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) hosted the “EM Science of Safety: Robotics Challenge” Aug. 22-25 at the P...
August 31, 2016
Thor Zollinger with Manta Robotics uses a rod to rotate the camera to perform the visual tank inspection with the HD camera.
DUF6 Conversion Project Uses Technology to Reduce Hazards
LEXINGTON, Ky. – EM has adopted a safer, more effective method for internal tank inspections at the Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversi...
August 15, 2016
The 516-T, nicknamed the “spider,” included multiple conveyor belts carrying soil through a series of screens to sift bullet debris from the soil of the former outdoor firing range on the EM reservation.
EM ‘Gets the Lead Out’ Removing Portsmouth Site Outdoor Firing Range

PIKETON, Ohio – Workers removed an unusual facility to make way for a new disposal site as part of decontamination and decommissioning of the...

July 28, 2016
A teachers group organized by the Buckeye Hills Career Center prepares for a driving tour of the Portsmouth Site.
Portsmouth Site Tour Focuses on Potential Careers for High School Graduates

PIKETON, Ohio – Twenty-seven area high school teachers recently visited EM’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Site as part of a training program...

July 21, 2016
DOE Issues Sources Sought/Request for Information for Potential Portsmouth Paducah Project Office (PPPO) Technical Support Services Procu...

Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) today issued a Sources Sought...

July 21, 2016
DOE Releases Final Request for Proposal for Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Deactivation and Remediation Services
Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for deactivation and remediation services at the Paduc...
July 15, 2016
Eugene Waggoner poses for a portrait in the C-300 Central Control Building at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.  (Story and photo by Dylan Nichols, Fluor Paducah Deactivation Project.)
Paducah DOE Site Tours Nostalgic for Former Workers

PADUCAH, Ky. – Eugene Waggoner was 29 when the first equipment began enriching uranium at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant....

July 8, 2016
Marshall County High School AP Physics students toured the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Site in Western Kentucky as part of an environmental report project with DOE.  (Photo by Steve Christmas, Fluor Paducah Deactivation Project)
Students Enhance Skills on Paducah DOE Project

PADUCAH, KY— The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Paducah Site is helping advanced placement (AP) physics students from Marshall County High School...

July 1, 2016
Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth workers seal the HEUFS material into a sealed waste container.
DOE’s Portsmouth Site Disposes of Decades-Old Waste Stream

PIKETON, Ohio – Disposition of a 40-plus-year-old legacy waste at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site was completed thanks to a cooperative...

July 1, 2016
DOE Grants Funds to Ohio EPA for Portsmouth Site Cleanup Oversight

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today it has awarded a grant of approximately $3 million to the Ohio Environmental...