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The U.S. Department of Energy and Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth offer a special opportunity to participate in a limited number of public tours of the former uranium enrichment facility in Piketon. Participants will enjoy a guided history tour of the site and get a close look at activities on the site. All of the tours will be held on the third Saturday of the month, July through October.

The time frames for the tours begin with security badging at The Ohio State University Endeavor Center from 8:30 to 9 a.m. on the morning of the tour. A brief welcome and instructions are given before everyone boards a charter bus. Participants will be returned to the Endeavor Center at the conclusion of the tour.

The plant, located in Piketon, Ohio, was one of only three gaseous diffusion plants built in the United States in the early 1950s to serve our country’s defense and energy needs. It operated for nearly five decades and thousands of workers have passed through the security gates over the years.

All tours are free of charge and accommodate 40 participants. Tour participants must be 18 years of age or older and must be a United States citizen. Proper identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.) is required at check-in the day of the tour, no exceptions.

The health and safety of all involved and participating in our public tours is important. In order to comply with the Department of Energy’s COVID-19 protocols, all participants will be required to wear a mask during the tour and must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 of the tour date if the Pike County COVID-19 levels are HIGH or MEDIUM. Click here or see below to view the current COVID-19 level.

Seats are limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants may reserve only one tour date per year. Larger groups must be registered by phone. If a tour fills, a waiting list is maintained and participants will be notified by email should a seat become available.

To register for the tours
please click here.

For more information or to register a group, please call Deneen Garner at 740.897.2609, Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Public Tour Information

If you would like more information on public tours, please call Deneen Garner at 740-897-2609, Monday through Thursday, 7:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.

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For directions to the Endeavor Center, please click here.