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Independent Oversight Review, Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant – November 2013

November 5, 2013

Review of Preparedness for Severe Natural Phenomena Events at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant

This report documents the results of an independent oversight review of the preparedness of the DOE Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office, contractors at the DOE Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, and selected non-leased facilities to respond to a severe natural phenomena event (NPE).  The review was conducted in July and August 2013 by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Safety and Emergency Management Evaluations, which is within the DOE Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS).  The HSS Office of Safety and Emergency Management Evaluations performed this review to evaluate the site’s processes for identifying needed emergency response capabilities and maintaining these capabilities in a state of readiness.