PORTSMOUTH

Photo courtesy of Energy.gov

Photo courtesy of Energy.gov

 

HISTORY

The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant at Piketon, Ohio, was built from 1952 to 1956. The plant was one of three large gaseous diffusion plants in the United States initially constructed to produce enriched uranium to support the nation’s nuclear weapons program and U.S. Navy, and later enriched uranium for use by commercial nuclear reactors. It occupies about 1,200 acres of the 3,777-acre Portsmouth Site (PORTS). Weapons-grade uranium enrichment was later suspended, and after the Cold War the production facilities were leased to the private sector. In 2001, gaseous diffusion enrichment operations were discontinued at the site. DOE's Office of Environmental Management commenced its environmental cleanup program at the site in 1989, and the effort continues today in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA). Decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of the plant commenced in 2011.

CURRENT MISSIONS

  • Environmental Cleanup

  • Decontamination & Decommissioning (D&D)

  • Educational Outreach

CLEANUP ISSUES

The cleanup program was established by DOE in 1989 to identify, control, and remediate environmental contamination at PORTS. The goal of the program is to evaluate and take appropriate actions to ensure protection of human health and the environment. The PORTS cleanup program supports site investigations, environmental response actions, and decontamination and decommissioning of inactive facilities.

HOST LOCAL COMMUNITIES

COMMUNITY PRIORITIES

  • Consistent, reliable, and sufficient funding that is not dependent on the uranium barter program to meet DFF&O and Consent Order obligations

  • Enhancing host-community support and property transfer

  • Finding an alternative to on-site disposal

  • Host community agreement between DOE and the Village of Piketon, including community engagement support

  • Regional purchasing preference to local contractors in D&D contracts

  • Compensation for host communities with underperforming contractors

FY 2020 BUDGET


FY 2018 Enacted FY 2019 Enacted FY 2020 Request
381,271 408,099 355,661

(Uranium Enrichment Decontamination & Decommissioning Fund. Amounts in thousands of dollars. Click here for the latest site budget.)

PRIMARY OPERATING CONTRACTORS

COMMUNITY REUSE ORGANIZATION

Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI)

Mission: SODI’s mission is to improve the quality of life for Jackson, Pike, Ross, and Scioto Counties through economic diversification, development of underutilized land and facilities at PORTS, and continued support of local industry.

SITE SPECIFIC ADVISORY BOARD (SSAB)

Mission: The PORTS SSAB is a stakeholder board that provides advice, information, and recommendations on issues affecting the EM program at Portsmouth site.

ELECTED LEADERSHIP

Federal Government

State Government

Local Government

MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 119 million pounds of total waste has been shipped/disposed of offsite from PORTS site to date.

  • 37 facilities have been demolished after first deactivating utilities and removing stored waste, materials, process equipment, and piping.

  • More than 23,000 metric tons of depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) have been converted by the DUF6 conversion plant at PORTS.

SITE NEWS

Updated August 2019.
Information in this profile is sourced from DOE, NNSA, and the site’s online resources.