Workers at EM’s Paducah Site recently relocated personnel and operations from 129,800 square feet of space in the C-720 Maintenance and Storage Building to prepare for future deactivation of the large structure. “The C-720 Maintenance and Storage Building was designed and operated to support the site during uranium enrichment operations,” said Jennifer Woodard, the Paducah Site lead for EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office. “ ... Read More
Deactivation workers at EM’s Paducah Site recently completed major modifications to the fire sprinkler system in one of the former gaseous diffusion plant’s four massive uranium-enrichment process buildings. The purpose of the modifications is to align the building’s fire-suppression requirements from those of a nuclear operation to those appropriate for EM’s current cleanup mission that includes the future demolition of the ... Read More
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Paducah Site recently achieved a significant reduction in waste with the offsite shipment of 22 "cold traps" formerly used in the uranium-enrichment process. The shipment removed approximately 42 percent of the former gaseous diffusion plant's enriched uranium inventory. Cold traps were long, cylindrical heat exchangers that ranged in size and weighed as much as 15,200 pounds. They were used ... Read More
Prior to the current COVID-19 restrictions, workers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Paducah Site removed above-ground equipment, pipelines, ventilation stacks, and other infrastructure previously located on the east and west sides of the C-400 Cleaning Building.  The work was done to prepare the facility for future demolition as well as to support the planned environmental remedial investigation to be conducted at the C- ... Read More
Deactivation and remediation workers with Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership (FRNP), the prime cleanup contractor at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP), recently surpassed one million work hours without a lost-time accident or illness. “Accomplishing one million safe work hours requires workers to stay focused on the tasks and pay attention to details,” said Jennifer Woodard, Paducah Site lead for EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah ... Read More