For the first time, workers at EM’s Paducah Site are able to closely examine the primary source of off-site groundwater contamination directly underneath the C-400 Cleaning Building.
Previous investigations were limited to activities outside the building. In 2020, Paducah Site deactivation and remediation contractor Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership (FRNP) completed deactivation of C-400, which involved the removal of equipment and ... Read More
EM’s Paducah Site recently transferred approximately 210,000 gallons of electrical insulating oil to support economic development in the region.
The Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization (PACRO) will reuse or recycle the oil from the Paducah Site’s C-531 Switchyard to provide a revenue stream for economic development in the Kentucky counties of McCracken, Ballard, Marshall, and Graves, and Massac County in Illinois.
“The funds ... Read More
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