More than five decades of uranium enrichment operations at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant has generated millions of cubic yards of waste and resulted in soil, groundwater, and surface water contamination within the plant’s 3,714-acre boundary.
DOE and its D&D contractor, Fluor-BWXT, are performing environmental cleanup of the plant to remove contamination so the land can be used for new purposes by DOE or the community. Nearly 2,000 workers are part of this massive undertaking that will take over a decade to complete.Three major projects encompass the majority of the site’s cleanup mission:
As the Department of Energy (DOE) cleanup contractor, Fluor-BWXT is cleaning up environmental media (e.g. soil, water, air, plants) that were impacted by the site operations to protect human health and the environment in accordance with cleanup levels set and approved by DOE and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA). Learn More
Fluor-BWXT is responsible for the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of 415 facilities and structures that supported uranium enrichment operations at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant for more than 50 years. Learn More
Fluor-BWXT manages the safe disposition of waste generated during the plant's uranium enrichment operations as well as building debris, contaminated soil, and other materials generated during the D&D and environmental cleanup of 415 facilities and structures at the Portsmouth plant. Learn More
Fluor-BWXT is tasked by The US Department of Energy to perform a bench scale study of a nickel carbonyl recovery process to determine if contaminated nickel can be decontaminated to meet a DOE proposed release standard. The results of this study will be independently evaluated by DOE and used to determine future steps in nickel recovery. Learn More