DOE updates citizens

By Frank Lewis - [email protected]

Sometimes it is difficult to keep up with all the projects on the Piketon reservation, which is why they periodically hold a meeting to bring the public up to date as to what the progress of each of the projects is and to answer questions.

The Department of Energy will host a Project Update open to the public from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24 in Piketon High School’s cafetorium. Representatives from DOE and Fluor-BWXT will provide a brief presentation on current activities at the site. Informational displays on various site activities will be available for viewing and subject matter experts will be available to answer questions.

Will the public be given time to ask questions of company officials?

“Yes,” Jason Lovins, public affairs and communications manager for Fluor BWXT said. “There will be subject experts on a range of activities under way who will be available, as well as DOE and Fluor-BWXT officials.”

Fluor is leading a team of contractors and a workforce of more than 2,000 to decontaminate and decommission (D&D) more than 10 million square feet of contaminated facilities at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Pike County.

In addition to performing D&D at the site, Fluor is partnering with community and economic development leaders in the region by investing corporate resources to support high-impact projects and capital investment in the area. The Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC. has also had its contract extended another 30 months as lead contractor for the cleanup at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

The contract extension includes completing deactivation of the massive X-326 uranium enrichment plant, initiating deactivation work in the X-333 process building, continuing the uranium barter program, completing Onsite Waste Disposal Facility design and moving construction forward to prepare the first cells to receive contaminated plant soils and demolition debris.

Since their last update in July, Fluor-BWXT has helped DOE host Science Alliance with 1,400 students and teachers; raised more than $100,000 during an Employee Giving Campaign and helped Speycide Bourbon Cooperage expand their operations into Jackson County, creating 35 new jobs.

By Frank Lewis

[email protected]

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.