COVID-19 Updates

Update - Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Quarantine Requirement / High Risk Travel

FBP employees,

Please be advised of an important precaution related to out of state travel to areas of the country with high
positivity rates of COVID-19.

Beginning Monday, August 3rd, all employees who travel to states listed in Ohio’s travel advisory will be
expected to follow Governor DeWine’s recommendation to self-quarantine at home for a 14-day period
upon return, thereby being restricted from site access until this self-quarantine has been completed. Those
who can telework can still do so during this time-frame.

While in quarantine, after traveling to one of the states in the advisory, personnel will not be eligible for
COVID-leave pay under the CARES Act. In this circumstance, Paid Time Off (PTO) or Leave Without
Pay (LWOP) must be used if telework is not an option.

Ohio’s travel advisory is updated weekly and can change depending on the spread of the COVID virus.
The Ohio Department of Health develops the list based on positivity rates. Currently it includes the
following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Mississippi
  • South Carolina
  • Kansas

Details on the advisory can be found at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/familiesand-
individuals/COVID-19-Travel-Advisory/COVID-19-Travel-Advisory.

As an additional reminder, employees should not be taking trips out of the area while charging COVID-leave.

Questions? Call Human Resources at the following numbers:
Monday – Thursday, 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: 740-897-2022 (Hotline)
All other times and weekends: 740-648-0989, 740-648-0796

Thank you,

JD Dowell
FBP Site Project Director

Attention FBP employees and subcontractors:

Any changes or updates will be shared via:

Posted Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Message from Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth

The Department of Energy has authorized FBP to begin advancing into Phase 2 of the Return to Work Plan.  If you have been identified as a Phase 2 employee, you will be contacted by your supervisor in the days ahead with more information and a specific date of when you are expected to return to work on site.  A date for Phase 3 has not been announced and will be based on several factors including available health data, remaining state and local restrictions and facility preparedness.

Today’s full announcement was emailed to employees and is also available below.  If you have questions, contact your supervisor or the HR hotline at 740-897-2022.

Posted Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Message From Portsmouth Paducah Project Office

Good afternoon. Today marks a milestone in your response to resuming Phase 1 work activities at the Portsmouth and Paducah sites during the COVD-19 pandemic.  I want to congratulate and thank you for your diligence in protecting your co-workers as you restarted projects, and maintained an outstanding safety posture at both the Portsmouth and Paducah sites. Your commitment to enhanced safety and deliberate restart of planned project activities has paved the way for moving to Phase 2 of our approach to returning the site to routine operations.

PPPO has been authorized to begin Phase 2 activities. This will be a slow ramp up as we continue to monitor impacts of COVID-19 on the surrounding area and within PPPO’s workforce. PPPO’s migration into Phase 2 activities will stagger activities to resume as appropriate. The pace of employees returning and the start of specific operations will be based on  several factors, including available health data, remaining state and local restrictions and facility preparedness.  During Phase 2 we will continue to use telework as a mitigating alternative. You will be notified by your employer regarding specific return to work dates.

My top priority is the safety of our personnel.  I ask that you continue to practice site and CDC recommended guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you have concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your immediate supervisor, employee human resource department, employee concerns program or the DOE employee concerns as appropriate.

Again, thank you for your extraordinary efforts to navigate the complexities of our current work environment.

Robert E. Edwards, Manager
Portsmouth Paducah Project Office

Posted Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Message From FBP Acting Site Director JD Dowell

Fluor-BWXT Employees,

I’d like to share some important information going into the holiday:

  • First of all – Phase 1 implementation of the FBP Return to Work plan has gone very well. We hope to be moving into Phase 2 in the coming weeks and we will share information as soon as we get the go ahead from DOE.
  • Secondly – Those employees currently on COVID-leave are expected to be in a ready state, in the event they are needed on site. COVID-leave is not for vacation or other personal business, and if you are going on vacation or taking personal time while on COVID-Leave you are required to take PTO or use LWOP. Report PTO to your supervisor or call the HR hotline at 897-2022. If you have already taken vacation while on COVID leave, contact you supervisor to correct your time card.
  • Finally – I’d like to wish everyone a happy, safe and healthy 4th of July holiday. Take time for yourself and your family but please follow CDC guidelines and be vigilant to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

Thank you and stay safe everyone,
JD Dowell, FBP Acting Site Director

Posted Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Message From Portsmouth Paducah Project Office

The following is a message from the U.S. Department of Energy, Dated June 23, 2020 - The Department of Energy has been notified that an employee from the Portsmouth site has tested positive for COVID-19.  This individual has not been on site since March 14th.   This is the second reported positive case of a site employee and the only known active case.

A coordinated response and contact tracing is underway in line with CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidelines to ensure that site personnel who have been in close proximity to the individual who tested positive take appropriate measures and seek medical attention if symptoms arise.

DOE is working closely with all site contractors, as well as the United Steel Workers, SPFPA (Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America), and trade unions to ensure the health and safety of our workforce.

A number of preventative measures are in place on site to prevent the spread including daily health screenings, mandatory face coverings, social distancing and increased sanitization and hygiene.  All site employees and family members should continue following CDC and Ohio Department of Health recommendations to protect against the spread of COVID-19.  If symptoms develop, seek medical attention.

Posted Thursday, June 4, 2020

Message From Portsmouth Paducah Project Office

Good Afternoon All,

I want to thank you for your hard work during these challenging times, and share my appreciation for your commitment to protecting our workforce, community and the environment as we have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic is changing the way we live, work and socialize, and will do so into the foreseeable future as we adapt to a new normal. This new “normal” will be prevalent as we resume cleanup operations at PPPO sites using a safe and deliberated phased approach.

On June 8, 2020, the Portsmouth, Paducah and Lexington sites will transition to Phase I of on-site operations. In this phase we will begin adding high-priority and/or low-risk work scope.  Work scope in this phase will consider potential implications from an environmental, safety and health (ES&H) and COVID-19 perspective; and should generally require low amounts of PPE.  Limited high priority work that requires administrative controls to mitigate risk when social distancing cannot be maintained may be authorized in this phase if it is essential to EM’s primary mission.

During the week of June 8, DOE and site contractors will make notifications to individual personnel necessary to perform onsite work in Phase I, as well as providing guidance for new policies established to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A gradual ramp up of those identified employees will begin on June 15th  and will continue throughout Phase I, based on DOE and contractor specific restart plans. The pace of employees returning and the start of specific operations will be based on a several factors, including available health data, remaining state and local restrictions and facility preparedness. 

As operations resume, PPPO sites will continue monitoring and assessing local conditions and local restrictions to adjust the pace and scope of resumption activities, as necessary. We will keep you updated on our progress and in advance of moving to Phase II and Phase III. As we return to this new “normal,” we each have a responsibility to do our part to protect ourselves and our coworkers, such as frequently washing hands, refraining from touching our face, avoiding shaking hands, staying at home if ill and utilizing face protection as necessary.

The past three months have been challenging, but they also represent a time of great unity across our sites. I am impressed at how well you’ve adjusted and continued to carry out our important work. Thank you for everything you have done, and will continue to do, to support cleanup efforts at the Portsmouth, Paducah, and Lexington sites.

Robert E. Edwards, Manager
Portsmouth Paducah Project Office

Additional Return To Work Instructions

Fluor-BWXT Employees,

As has just been communicated, the Department of Energy has authorized FBP and other site contractors at Portsmouth to begin a deliberate phased-restart of operations on site.  This includes bringing Phase 1 employees back on site starting Monday, June 15th. 

You will receive a mailing next week that will inform you which phase you have been assigned – 1, 2 or 3. It will also provide additional instructions as well as answers to some frequently asked questions.

Additionally all employees identified for Phase 1 will receive a phone call from their supervisor with an exact date and specific instructions for return to work on site.  Phase 2 and Phase 3 employees will be notified of specific start dates when we are approved to move in to those Phases.

FBP will stagger the return of employees in Phase 1.  Personnel scheduled to return on Monday, June 15th will receive a phone call from their supervisor early next week with specific instructions.   Those scheduled to return at a later date, will be next on the notification list.

If you have questions, contact your management or Human Resources at 740-897-2022.

I look forward to seeing you all over the coming weeks and meeting the challenge of returning to PORTS to work safely with new COVID precautions.

Thanks All,

JD Dowell
FBP Acting Site Director

Posted Monday, May 18, 2020

Message From Portsmouth Paducah Project Office

Good Afternoon,

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate the complexities associated with our current work environment. I especially want to thank the mission essential employees that have continued to perform critical tasks to keep PPPO sites safe, compliant and functioning during this time. On May 7, the Secretary of Energy provided overarching guidance for DOE leadership to consider in the development of departmental/site facility plans for a safe return to of federal employees and onsite contractors to occur in three phases. As EM sites across the DOE complex are beginning to return to work I want to share an update from the Portsmouth Paducah Project Office. PPPO and our contractors are formally working plans for a deliberate and phased approach to safely resuming full operations that moves us from our current posture toward more normal operations, utilizing guidelines provided by the White House, DOE senior leadership and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The approach will be based on a risk analysis that considers several factors, including available health data, state and local restrictions and facility preparedness.

The top priority at PPPO is the health and safety of employees at our sites. Each phase of the return to work plans prioritizes employee safety and well-being. Once PPPO’s plans have been approved by DOE HQ senior management you will be notified by your respective employers of return to work dates and details.

I appreciate your resilience during this challenging time and look forward to returning with you to our “new” normal.

Robert E. Edwards, Manager
Portsmouth Paducah Project Office

Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Restart of Operations

Thank you for your patience during these uncertain times. Throughout the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Portsmouth Paducah Project Office (PPPO) sites and Fluor-BWXT (FBP) have continued to fulfill mission essential functions while following the guidelines of the Administration, the Department of Energy (DOE), and other federal officials and state and local authorities. As we begin planning for a return to full operations, the health and safety of our employees will remain our first priority. No timelines have been set, allowing DOE and FBP to adapt plans for a return to full operations based on the developing situation.

Thank you and please continue to be safe and more information will be shared as it becomes available.

Posted Tuesday, April 7, 2020

As part of the effort to minimize the spread of Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) at the Portsmouth site, health screening stations have been set up for all DOE and contractor personnel working on site during this period of reduced operations.

Personnel will be asked a series of questions about recent activities and health status in accordance with Center of Disease Control guidance and have their temperatures checked prior to entry into the workplace.

Health screenings will be conducted at the Main Drive Gate and B-Pedestrian Portal (near the X-1000) seven days a week during the following times:

  • 6 a.m. – 8 a.m.
  • 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Monday through Thursday at the X-152A Medical Facility (Closed April 9th for Observed Easter Holiday):

  • 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

At All other times:

Contact the PSS prior to entry at 740-897-3025

Anyone coming on site, even if just for a brief moment, must go through the screening.

Questions, call the HR hotline at 740-897-2022

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