Storage yard cleared at DOE site

A Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership heavy equipment operator begins to shear a powered industrial truck stored at the U.S. Department of Energy's Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant's C-740 material yard to downsize it for removal.

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Cleanup workers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant recently removed approximately 60,000 cubic feet of excess equipment from one of the site's largest storage yards.

The large volume of material, removed from the C-740 material yard, would be enough to fill nearly three large houses, according to Jennifer Woodard, DOE's Paducah site lead.

"Throughout the years, equipment and other items were placed in storage," Woodard said.

"Removal of this equipment and material helps eliminate potential hazards associated with such storage and improves the Paducah site."

Items removed included a retired mobile crane and several large pieces of equipment.

"This was a major accomplishment for site workers by safely and compliantly reducing hazards and risks," said Myrna Redfield, president and program manager with Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, the site's deactivation and remediation contractor.

In addition to clearing the material yard, PPPO recently transferred over 100,000 pounds of scrap metal to the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization (PACRO), which will reuse or recycle it and some of the C-740 Yard materials to generate revenue for regional economic development initiatives.

Two 650-horsepower package boilers were also recently transferred to the reuse organization.

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