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 maintenance mechanic removes a filter from the lubricating oil strainer in the C-333 Building at the Department of Energy’s Paducah Site. Deactivation workers have removed hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil from the site's former uranium enrichment process buildings to prepare them for future demolition.
Students from Carla Evans’ Advanced Environmental Science class at Waverly High School visit Lake Hope State Park as part of the activities within an Ohio University educational outreach program funded by a DOE grant. During the project, students recently summarized DOE's Annual Site Environmental Report. The summary will be distributed in the fall to stakeholders.
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.
Workers from Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth lower the last converter removed from the cell floor of Building X-326 at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. DOE recently met a significant milestone in the Portsmouth Site deactivation effort by removing the final component of process gas equipment (PGE) from the cell floor of the X-326.