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 Portsmouth DOE reservation. Removing the firing range, which had been used for training by the site's protective force personnel, helps make way for a new On-Site Waste Disposal Facility at the Southern Ohio site.
Eugene Waggoner, who retired after a 30-year career at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in 1982, poses for a portrait in the C-300 Central Control Building during a recent public tour of the site. More than 500 people, including many former site workers, have signed up for the tours. Although this year’s tours are filled, more tours are planned for next summer.
Disposition of High Enriched Uranium Fluoride Solids (HEUFS), a 40-plus-year-old legacy waste at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site, was completed recently thanks to a cooperative effort among the Department of Energy (DOE), contractors, and private industry. Shown, these certified waste packages were ready for Department-of-Transportation-compliant shipping.
A front loader dumps coal into the first of more than 700 truckloads that are transporting excess coal from DOE’s Paducah Site to buyers. The Department recently completed transferring ownership of nearly 15,000 tons of excess coal to the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization (PACRO) as part of an asset-sharing agreement supporting regional economic development efforts. The excess coal is a result of the site’s switching from old coal-powered boilers to five natural gas units to support site activities and heat offices during winter. Replacing the old units provides environmental benefits and future cost savings.
A group of 27 area high school teachers organized by the Buckeye Hills Career Center prepares for a driving tour of the Portsmouth Site as part of a training program in career counseling. During the program, teachers interact with local employers like Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth to identify potential jobs and training needs for area high school graduates.
Upcoming EventsPortsmouth SSAB Subcommittees - SeptemberSeptember 13, 2016Paducah Site Public TourSeptember 17, 2016Last Day to Sign Up for October 15 Portsmouth Site Public TourSeptember 30, 2016