Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant

In August 2010 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Fluor-B&W Portsmouth LLC an initial five-year contract to begin the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of the buildings and facilities formerly comprising the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio. Between October 2010 and March 2011, NSA supported the Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, LLC (FBP) team in transition of the Portsmouth D&D Contract. Following transition on March 28th of this year, NSA was awarded a long-term contract to provide resources to support the FBP Nuclear Safety and Engineering organization.

The scope of the support contract is to provide Professional Support Services in several labor categories, including Readiness Team Leader, Operations Program Development Leader, Conduct of Operations Specialist/Mentor, Nuclear Safety Engineer, and Nuclear Criticality Safety Engineer. NSA’s initial task order under the contract covers seven engineers, including four nuclear criticality safety engineers and three nuclear safety engineers.

NSA engineers are currently supporting daily waste management activities at the site and are supporting the planning activities for the start of D&D activities on the three enrichment cascade facilities, X-333, X-330 and X-326. Over the next several months, our staff members will be supporting consolidation of the former United States Enrichment Corporation and LATA/Parallax Portsmouth, LLC nuclear safety programs into a single FBP nuclear safety program. This will include development of a Documented Safety Analysis for the D&D activities, generation of nuclear criticality safety evaluations for planned D&D processes, and other activities associated with execution of the D&D contract.

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