Originally Published May 15, 2019 – The Pike County Watchman
PIKE COUNTY, Ohio — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has scheduled four open houses this month to provide public updates on the Portsmouth Decontamination and Decommissioning Project.
“We are hoping to see a great regional turnout for these events,” said Jeff Bettinger, the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant’s Site Lead for DOE’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office. “The open houses provide members of the public the opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with the personnel actively involved with each project.” DOE will present information on building deactivation, demolition planning, the on-site waste disposal facility, and environmental monitoring, among other topics. Representatives from the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative, Ohio University, the Portsmouth Site Specific Advisory Board, and site contractors will also participate.
The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant was constructed from 1952 to 1956. Uranium enrichment operations occurred from 1954 to 2001 for national security purposes and the commercial nuclear fuel industry. The site is now in its eighth year of a decontamination and decommissioning project, with portions of the site being prepared for economic development and other uses.