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April 28, 2016
DOE Releases Draft Request for Proposal and Announces Pre-Solicitation Conference for Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Deactivation and Re...
Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for deactivation and remediation services at the...
April 20, 2016
Workers from Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth lower the last converter removed from the cell floor of Building X-326 at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. (Photo by Michelle Teeters, Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth)
Removal of Process Gas Equipment Marks Portsmouth Site Cleanup Milestone

PIKE COUNTY, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently met a significant milestone in the Portsmouth Site (PORTS) deactivation effort by...

April 14, 2016
Richard Mayer, right, is pictured with Portsmouth Site Director Dr. Vincent Adams with a plaque commemorating Mayer’s accomplishment.
Portsmouth Site Engineer Authors Safety Standard

PIKETON, Ohio – Decontaminating and decommissioning a more than 60-year-old Cold War uranium enrichment facility at the Portsmouth Gaseous...

April 14, 2016
Ohio University held discussions with the public on future uses of the Portsmouth Site as part of the PORTSfuture process.
New Grants Fund Continued Research, Outreach for EM's Portsmouth, Paducah Sites

LEXINGTON, Ky. – EM recently awarded grants to Ohio University (OU) and the University of Kentucky (UK) to develop publicly available information...

March 31, 2016
DOE Announces Public Tours of Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site

PADUCAH, KY - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the opportunity for members of the community to participate in public tours of the...

March 31, 2016
Workers from Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth lower the last converter removed from the cell floor of Building X-326 at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. All process gas equipment components have been removed from the building.
EM Makes Progress Preparing Old Enrichment Plants for Demolition

PHOENIX – EM is preparing old uranium enrichment facilities in Ohio and Kentucky for eventual demolition, Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO)...

March 31, 2016
Fluor maintenance mechanic Robert Fulton lifts equipment at the C-337 former uranium enrichment process building at EM’s Paducah Site.
Fluor Paducah Deactivation Project Marks 2 Million Safe Work Hours

PADUCAH, Ky. – Workers performing the remediation, deactivation, and decommissioning at the former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site recently...

March 28, 2016
Energy Department Extends Contract for Cleanup of Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that it has exercised its option to extend the contract for decontamination...

March 16, 2016
Portsmouth Notre Dame captured the U.S. Department of Energy’s 4th Annual South Central Ohio Regional Science Bowl title at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, on Friday, March 11, 2016.  Pictured from left to right are Judson Lilly (DOE), Greg Simonton (DOE), coach Diana March, junior Andrew Smith, sophomore Joseph Beckett, junior Jiten Patel, coach Terry Acox and junior Grant Sparks.  (Photo credit: Marlo Shepherd)
Portsmouth Notre Dame wins 2016 South Central Ohio Regional Science Bowl

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Portsmouth Notre Dame High School outlasted 37 other academic teams and captured the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) 4th...

March 16, 2016
U.S. Army Battalion Tours Portsmouth Site
PIKETON, Ohio – EM recently welcomed 32 members of the U.S. Army 412th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne – Tactical) to tour the Portsmouth Gas...
February 25, 2016
New groundwater contamination treatment equipment sits outside the C-612 Northwest Pump-and-Treat facility.
Paducah Site Modernizes Equipment to Treat Off-Site Groundwater Contamination

PADUCAH, Ky. – EM recently completed upgrades to modernize a key facility that reduces off-site groundwater contamination at the former Paducah...

February 19, 2016
Gatton Academy Team-1 won the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl on February 19, 2016.  Gatton will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Finals of DOE’s National Science Bowl® April 28 through May 2.  Pictured, from left: Gatton's Taylor Young, Seth Marksberry, Will Hornsby, and Rohan Deshpande discuss a question during the final competition.
Gatton Academy Wins DOE’s West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl

PADUCAH, Ky. – Gatton Academy Team-1 won the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl, the region’s foremost academic...

February 11, 2016
EM Assistant Secretary Dr. Monica Regalbuto sits in on a procedure review with facility operator Jim Burnett (left) of Fluor Paducah Deactivation Project at C-337, where a former uranium enrichment process building will be the first facility to undergo deposit removal by in-situ chemical treatment.
Cleanup Chief Visits Portsmouth, Paducah Sites

LEXINGTON, Ky. – EM Assistant Secretary Dr. Monica Regalbuto recently visited EM’s Portsmouth and Paducah sites to review cleanup progress.

February 11, 2016
Connie Martin performs work inside the Error Lab while trainees observe her actions for mistakes.
Portsmouth Training Exercise Helps Radiological Trainees Spot Mistakes Safely

PIKETON, Ohio – A new training exercise aims to enhance worker safety at EM’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site as a decontamination and...

February 11, 2016
The Portsmouth Site Specific Advisory Board was honored at the chamber’s annual dinner in January. Pictured, left to right, are Carlton Cave (Portsmouth SSAB member), Joel Bradburne (Portsmouth SSAB deputy designated federal official), Greg Simonton (Portsmouth SSAB federal coordinator), Paul Price (chamber treasurer), Gary Cooper (chamber president), Will Henderson (Portsmouth SSAB chair), Val Francis (former Portsmouth SSAB chair), Cristy Renner (Portsmouth SSAB member), Richard Snyder (former Portsmouth SSAB Chair), Sharon Manson (former Portsmouth SSAB member), Neil Leist (Portsmouth SSAB member), Julie Galloway (Portsmouth SSAB support staff), Shirley Bandy (chamber executive director and former Portsmouth SSAB member), and Gene Brushart (former Portsmouth SSAB member).
Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Portsmouth Site Specific Advisory Board
PIKETON, Ohio – The Pike County Chamber of Commerce recently recognized the Portsmouth Site Specific Advisory Board (SSAB) as its 2015 Organizati...
January 27, 2016
When operating, one transformer could distribute enough power to provide electricity to approximately 6,300 average-sized homes.
Innovative Approach Reduces Costs of Removing Contaminated Oil from Paducah Site

PADUCAH, Ky. – For more than 60 years, 60 electrical distribution transformers supplied some of the power to enrich uranium at the Paducah Gaseous...

January 15, 2016
DOE Awards Contract for Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Infrastructure Support Services

Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of a contract to Portsmouth Mission Alliance, LLC of Idaho Falls, Idaho...

January 14, 2016
A heavy equipment operator uses a shear to move a large section of wall from the C-746-B warehouse during demolition.
New Phase of Demolition Ramps Up at Paducah

PADUCAH, Ky. – Heavy equipment operators safely demolished the first of 12 inactive facilities set for removal in coming months as part of EM’s...

December 30, 2015
Crane operator Brian Lambert of Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP), DOE decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) contractor, lowers the last compressor to the operations floor recently in the X-326 uranium enrichment process building at the Portsmouth Site. The equipment removal, which is nearing completion in the X-326, includes cutting and taking out more than 7,000 separate components for off-site disposal. (Photo by Dwayne McCloskey, FBP)
DOE Releases ‘2015 Year in Review’ of Portsmouth Site

PIKETON, Ohio (December 30, 2015) – The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management (EM) has published its 2015 Year in Review,...

December 30, 2015
An excavator with a shear attachment performs “top-down” shearing during final stages of the demolition of the C-410/C-420 UF6 Feed Plant Complex in June. Demolition debris was downsized and loaded into rail cars for shipment off site. The complex was the last of 32 inactive facilities to be removed as part of the cleanup scope that existed before commercial uranium enrichment operations ended at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and the plant facilities were returned to DOE. (Photo by Dylan Nichols)
DOE Releases ‘2015 Year in Review’ of Paducah Site

PADUCAH, Ky. (December 30, 2015) – The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management (EM) has published its 2015 Year in Review,...

December 24, 2015
DOE Extends Contract to Operate Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Plants

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 24, 2015) – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) today announced it is extending its...

October 26, 2015
Students try their hands at arranging items in glove boxes during the Sixth Annual Science Alliance at the DOE Portsmouth Site in Piketon, Ohio.  The three-day event included several contests for hundreds of attendees while providing an immersive learning experience.
Science Alliance Reveals STEM Pathways to the Future

PIKETON, Ohio—A record 1,255 high school juniors participated recently in the Department of Energy’s Sixth Annual Science Alliance event at the...

September 11, 2015
Federal, state and local Kentucky officials joined Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz (third from left) and Senate Majority Mitch McConnell on September 10, 2015 as they cut the ribbon introducing the new Paducah Site wall display on the Fifth Floor of DOE’s Forrestal Building in Washington, D.C.  Pictured (left-right) are: U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, Sen. McConnell, Secretary Moniz, Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler, McCracken County Judge-Executive Bob Leeper, Clyde Elrod, and Dr. Len Peters, Secretary of the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.  Mr. Elrod was Charter President of the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization and was involved with the construction of the Paducah plant. (EM photo by David Sheeley)
Paducah Wall Display Unveiled at DOE Headquarters

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz joined Congressional, DOE, state and local leaders and representatives of the Paducah Area...

July 7, 2015
Plan Approved for Waste Disposition at DOE’s Portsmouth Site
Plan Approved for Waste Disposition at DOE’s Portsmouth Site
Ohio EPA and DOE agree upon a plan for the disposition of more than two million cubic yards of waste.
June 2, 2015
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School science project ‘demystifies’ Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Site
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officials from the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Site recently visited a group of local high school students.