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.
Students from Carla Evans’ Advanced Environmental Science class at Waverly High School visit Lake Hope State Park in Ohio as part of an educational outreach program funded by a DOE grant. Each year, a class from a south central ohio high school and a class from a western Kentucky high school study environmental reports from the Portsmouth and Paducah gaseous diffusion plant sites in their respective states and write summaries that help interpret the technical data for the public.
Environmental sampling data at the Department of Energy’s Portsmouth Site is now accessible to the public through an enhanced geographic mapping tool on the Internet. Shown, Larry McCandless of Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth demonstrates the use of the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) Environmental Geographic Analytical Spatial Information System (PEGASIS). The system provides easy access to environmental data previously attainable only through a formal Freedom of Information Act request.
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.