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 Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Piketon Ohio

 

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Portsmouth is a DOE facility from 1952 to the present so workers are eligible to file Part B and Part E claims.

The U.S. began construction of Portsmouth in 1952 in order to expand the nation's gaseous diffusion program. The gaseous diffusion plants already operating in Oak Ridge, TN and Paducah, KY were not able to fulfill the nation's need for highly enriched and low-enriched uranium. Portsmouth was used for isotope separation. Beginning in 1954, Portsmouth produced highly enriched uranium to support nuclear weapons production and, later, for use by submarine, research, and test reactors. The high-enrichment portion of the diffusion cascade was shut down in 1991.

On July 1, 1993, the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC)*, a government-owned corporation formed under the Energy Policy Act of 1992, assumed control of the plant's production activities. USEC, which was fully privatized in 1998, continued to produce enriched uranium for commercial use at this location until May 11, 2001 when production ceased. During the period of USEC production, the DOE maintained responsibility for addressing the environmental legacy left by historic plant operations.

Subsequent to USEC ceasing production, the DOE contracted with USEC to maintain the plant in cold standby until the decision was made to return the plant entirely back under DOE control, which was completed by September 2011. The PORTS Decontamination and Decommissioning project began under contract with Fluor-B&W Portsmouth LLC in March 2011.

Throughout the course of its operations, the potential for beryllium exposure existed at this site

The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) is located about 70 miles south of Columbus, Ohio.  Construction of the PGDP began in late 1952 to expand the US’s gaseous diffusion program already in place at Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Paducah, Kentucky. The facility was built to increase the production of enriched uranium for use in nuclear submarine reactors and low-enriched uranium was required for use commercial nuclear power plants. Since 1991, the plant has produced only low enriched uranium for commercial nuclear power plants. On July 1, 1993, the United States Enrichment Corporation, a government corporation formed under the Energy Policy Act of 1992, assumed operations of the production portion of the plant. DOE retained responsibility for environmental restoration and related waste management activities including environmental remediation efforts; environmental compliance; storage, treatment, and disposition of waste; and the decommissioning of inactive and surplus facilities. On June 21, 2000 USEC announced that the Portsmouth enrichment facilities would cease operations. On March 21, 2001 DOE Secretary Abraham announced that $125 million would be provided over 2 years to place the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in cold standby, winterize facilities onsite, perform uranium deposit removal and provide assistance to workers impacted by shutdown of enrichment operations. USEC started to place the Portsmouth facility in cold standby on April 6, 2001.

All operations at the Plant are covered under EEOICPA for the entire timeframe except for USEC operations from 7/28/1998 through May 2001. Rights and liabilities pertaining to USEC are governed by the USEC Privatization Act (P.L. 104-134, April 26, 1996). This includes regulatory oversight by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of that portion of the plant while under USEC control. May 2001 represents the date that DOE began contracting with USEC to maintain the plant in cold standby..

 

Alternative Names

  • Piketon Plant
  • Goodyear Atomic
  • A-Plant
  • PORTS
  • Bomb Plant
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    DOE

    Legacy Management has a Portsmouth page as well.  DOE launched a Virtual Museum for Portsmouth.

    DOE Contractors

  • Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, LLC (March 2011 – present) (Deactivation/Decontamination & Decommissioning); USEC*(2001- Feb. 2011)(cold standby/shutdown)
  • Los Alamos Technical Associates and Parallax Portsmouth (LATA/LPP) (June 27, 2005 – September 30, 2009) (remediation)
  • Theta Pro2Serve Management Company (TPMC) (June 27, 2005–September 30, 2009) (remediation)
  • Theta Bechtel Jacobs company LLC (1998-June 27, 2005)(remediation)
  • Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc. (1995-1998)
  • Martin Marietta Energy Systems (1986-1995); Goodyear Atomic Corporation (1954-1986)
  • Uranium Disposition Services (August 29, 2002–March 2011)
  • Babcock & Wilcox conversion Services, LLC (March 2011-present)
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    DOL

    DOL lists Part B and Part E payment statistics for Portsmouth as well as a Portsmouth Site Exposure Matrix.

     

    EPA

    Ohio EPA has a Portsmouth webpage.

     

    NIOSH

    NIOSH provides dose reconstruction statistics for Portsmouth.  NIOSH has Technical Basis Documents for Portsmouth. And an SEC was established by statute for Portsmouth for workers prior to February 1, 1992.

     

    Worker Health Protection Program

    WHPP has The Sam Ray Medical Screening Program health screening program for Portsmouth workers.

     

    Portsmouth Videos

  • The Exposed: Attorney Frank Gerlach lists Snags in US Aid to Ill Nuke Workers
  • The Exposed: Vina Colley, Sick Uranium Worker
  • The Portsmouth Project, Part 1
  • The Portsmouth Project, Part 2
  • Site Specific Advisory Board Meeting Part 1 - September 6, 2012
  • Site Specific Advisory Board Meeting Part 2 - September 6, 2012
  • Site Specific Advisory Board Meeting - July 12, 2012
  • Site Specific Advisory Board Meeting - June 7, 2012
  • Site Specific Advisory Board Meeting Part 1- May 3, 2012
  • Site Specific Advisory Board Meeting Part 2- May 3, 2012
  • Site Specific Advisory Board Meeting Part 1- April 5, 2012
  • Site Specific Advisory Board Meeting Part 2- April 5, 2012
  • Site Specific Advisory Board Meeting Part 3- April 5, 2012
  • Site Specific Advisory Board Meeting Part 1- March 1, 2012

     

    Other

    Wikipedia has an article on Portsmouth.

     

    Portsmouth Issues

    On May 19, 2011 during the NRC decommissioning process public meeting in Piketon, Ohio attorney Franklin Gerlach presented the DOE, NRC, and US Enrichment corporation with a statement and evidence of an alleged criminal conspiracy involving the injury of a worker at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.   Attorney Gerlach has also requested that Attorney General Holder investigate the issue.

    On July 25, 2011 the Huntington News ran a story entitled Tangled Allegations by Atomic Workers in Portsmouth Allege Civil Liability, Criminal Conduct.

     

    Portsmouth Documents

  • ANL-04-38 Biological Assessment of the Effects of Construction and Operation of A depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Facility at the Portsmouth, Ohio Site
  • ANL-04-39 Wetland Assessment of the Effects of Construction and Operation of a Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Facility at the Portsmouth, Ohio Site
  • BNL-51782 Approach to IAEA Material-Balance Verification with Intermittent Inspection at the Portsmouth Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Plant
  • CONF-321119-2 Approach to IAEA Verification of the Nuclear-Material Balance at the Portsmouth Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Plant (GCEP)
  • CONF-810554-2 Biological Reduction of Nitrate Wastewater using Fluidized-Bed Bioreactors
  • CONF-9310003 Local Drainage Analyses of the Paducah and Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plants during an Extreme Storm
  • CONF-95-0-08-38 Surfactant-Enhanced Aquifer Remediation at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant
  • CONF-950787-80 Gamma-ray Imaging as a tool for Uranium Processing Plants
  • CONF-980733 Sealing of Process Valves for the HEU Down-blending Verification Experiment at Portsmouth
  •  CONF-980733 Verification Experiment on the Down-blending of High Enriched Uranium (HEU) at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Digital Video Surveillance of the HEU Feed Stations
  • DOE-EA-0767 Construction and Operation of an Industrial Solid Waste Landfill at Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Piketon Ohio
  • DOE-EA-0855 Environmental Assessment for the Sale of Excess Lithium Hydroxide stored at the Oak Ridge K-25 Site and the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant
  • DOE-EA-1122 Modification and Expansion of X-7725A Waste Accountability Facility for Storage of Polychlorinated Biphenyl Wastes at Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Piketon Ohio
  • DOE-EH-0EV-04P Environmental Survey Preliminary Report, Portsmouth Uranium Enrichment Complex, Piketon, Ohio
  • DOE-MC-29249-96-C0574 Electromagnetic Mixed Waste Processing System for Asbestos Decontamination
  •  DOE-NV-25946-335 An Aerial Radiological Survey of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant and Surrounding Area, Portsmouth, Ohio
  • DOE-OR-21929-T1 Review of Earthquake Hazard Assessments of Plant Sites at Paducah, Kentucky and Portsmouth, Ohio
  • EGG-11265-1085 An Aerial Radiological Survey of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant and Surrounding Area
  • Electromagnetic Mixed Waste Processing System for Asbestos Decontamination
  • ES-ER-TM-173 Gamma Radiological Surveys
  • GAT-252 Oxide Fluorination Tower
  • GAT-280 Uranium Hexafluoride-A Survey of the Physico-Chemical Properties
  • GAT-AC-15 Systems Approach used in the Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Plant
  • GAT-T-2953 Determination of Technetium-99 by Liquid Scintillation Counting
  • GAT-T-552-Rev. 1 Reactions of Molybdenum, Tungsten, and Uranium Hexafluorides with Nitrogen Compounds 1-Nitrous and Nitric Oxides
  • GAT-T-809 Reactions of Molybdenum, Tungsten, and Uranium Hexafluorides with Nitrogen Compounds 3-Nitrous and Nitric Oxides
  • GAT-T-970 Hexafluorides of Molybdenum, Tungsten and Uranium 2-Reactions with Liquid and Gaseous Dinitrogen Tetroxide
  • GAT-T-971 Hexafluorides of Molybdenum, Tungsten and Uranium 3-Reactions with Nitrogen Dioxide and Nitrogen Oxyhalides
  • LA-13557-MS IAEA Verification Experiment at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant-Report on the Cascade Header Enrichment Monitor
  • LA-UR-83-3381 Measurements of Uranium Holdup in an Operating Gaseous Diffusion Enrichment Plant
  • LA-UR-91-2468 Holdup Data Analysis for Portsmouth Building X705
  • Oak Ridge Building Trades Medical Screening Program for Portsmouth and Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plants
  • ORNL-TM-13238 Portsmouth X300 Remote Assay Monitor System
  • ORNL-TM-13410 The X-625 Groundwater Treatment Facility A Field-Scale Test of Trichloroethylene Dechlorination using Iron Filings for the X-120-X-749 Groundwater Plume
  • ORNL-TM-13556 A Full-Scale Demonstration of in Situ Chemical Oxidation through Recirculation at the X-701B Site
  • ORO-725 Environmental Effects of the Construction and Operation of a Gaseous Diffusion Plant
  • POEF-2025 Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Environmental Report for 1989
  • POEF-2086 Investigation of Breached Depleted UF Sub 6 Cylinders
  • POEF-3050 Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Annual Site Environmental Report for 1993
  • POEF-3051 Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Annual Site Environmental Report Summary for 1993
  • POEF-3055 US Department of Energy Portsmouth Site Annual Environmental Report for 1994
  • POEF-3056 US Department of Energy Portsmouth Site. Annual Environmental Data for 1994
  • POEF-3057 US Department of Energy Portsmouth Site Annual Environmental Report Summary for 1994
  •  POEF-ER-4542 Environmental Restoration Site-Specific Plan for the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, FY 93
  • POEF-LMES-86 S Department of Energy Portsmouth. Annual Environmental Report Data for 1995
  • POEF-LMUS-111 Final Technology Status Report-Gas-Phase Decontamination Demonstration on PORTS Cell X-25-4-2
  • POEF-LMUS-14 Configuration Control Plan for the Ports NCS IBM RS-6000
  • POEF-LMUS-169 Inorganic Photo-catalytic Membranes for the Remediation of VOCs in Groundwater at the Portsmouth Site
  • POEF-LMUS-44 Estimated Critical Conditions for UF{sub 4}-Oil Systems in Fully Oil-Reflected Spherical Geometry
  • POEF-LMUS-69 Results of Ultrasonic Testing Evaluations on UF{sub 6} Storage Cylinders
  • POEF-LMUS-76 Quantitative Infrared Analysis of Hydrogen Fluoride
  • POEF-LMUS-85 Determination of The Response Function for the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Criticality Accident Alarm System Neutron Detectors
  • POEF-LMUS-87 A Comparison of Attribute Sampling Plans
  • POEF-SH-12 Analysis of the Proposed Relocation of the Neutron Criticality Clusters in the Process Buildings for the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant
  • POEF-SH-19 Analysis of Criticality Alarm System Response to an Accidental Criticality Outside the Cascade Process Buildings at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant
  • POEF-SH-20 Minimum Critical Masses for Uranium at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant
  • POEF-SH-29 Evaluation of Coverage Of Enriched UF{sub 6} Cylinder Storage Lots by Existing Criticality Accident Alarms
  • POEF-SH-30 Nuclear Criticality Safety Calculational Analysis for Small-Diameter Containers
  • POEF-SH-31 Calculated In-Air Leakage Spectra and Power Levels for the ANSI Standard Minimum Accident of Concern Final report
  • POEF-SH-33 Validation of MCNP4a for highly enriched uranium using the Battelle process safety and risk management IBM RS-6000 workstation
  • POEF-SH-36 Nuclear Criticality Safety Aspects of Gaseous Uranium Hexafluoride (UF6) in the Diffusion Cascade
  • POEF-SH-43 Additional Nuclear Criticality Safely Calculations for Small-Diameter Containers
  • POEF-T-3536 Measurement of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Criticality Accident Alarm
  • POEF-T-3547 Statistical Analysis of Fluorimeter Operation
  • POEF-T-3636 Validation of Nuclear Criticality Safety Software and 27 Energy Group ENDF B-IV Cross Sections
  • POEF-T-3636 Rev. 1 Validation of Nuclear Criticality Safety Software and 27 Energy Group ENDF B-IV Cross Sections
  • POEF-TS-02 Review of corrosion in 10- and 14-ton mild steel depleted UF{sub 6} storage cylinders
  • SRNL-STI-2010-00176 Independent Technical Review of the X-740 Groundwater Remedy, Portsmouth, Ohio Technical Evaluation and Recommendations
  • UCRL-ID-114900 Introduction to the Nuclear Criticality Safety Evaluation of Facility X-705, Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant
  • UCRL-ID-115308 Nuclear Criticality Safety Evaluation of Spray Booth Operations in X-705, Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant
  • UCRL-ID-121163 Nuclear Criticality Safety Evaluation of Large Cylinder Cleaning Operations in X-705, Portsmouth Gaseous diffusion Plant
  • US Department of Energy Portsmouth Annual Environmental Report for 1996
  • US Department of Energy Portsmouth Annual Environmental Report for 1995
  • WHC-SA-1414-FP Rev. 1 Uranium Hexafluoride Packaging Tie-down Systems Overview at Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Piketon, Ohio
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