DUF6 Begins Shutdown at Paducah

Please read the information supplied to us this afternoon, after DOE PPPO had already issued a shutdown of non-essential operations at the Paducah DOE Site, received from DUF6 Zack Smith ....  M E M O R A N D U M

TO:               MCS Employees

FROM: Zack Smith, President and Project Manager

DATE:          March 23, 2020

SUBJECT: Safe and Orderly Shutdown of Non-Critical Mission Activities + Max Telework

As the COVID situation continues to develop, I want to thank everyone for their hard work and patience during this unprecedented event. This pandemic is a huge distraction, so it's more important than ever to stay focused on safety

Today, the Department of Energy has directed MCS and other site contractors to begin a safe and orderly shutdown of non-critical mission activities with maximum telework through April 6th to assist in the effort to contain the potential spread of Coronavirus (COVID) to site employees and their families. MCS will continue the safe orderly shutdown of conversion operations through 7:00 pm Wednesday, 25 March.

During this period, personnel should contact their supervisor on status of reporting for duty. After 7:00 pm Wednesday, only personnel that support mission critical functions need to report to the site to ensure safety, security and regulatory compliance. Your supervisor will advise you if need to report to the site or should continue teleworking, for those individuals on telework status.

Instructions

Before leaving the site, employees should secure documents and other information that may be Business Sensitive, Official Use Only (OUO) or potentially classifiable. Government vehicles must be locked and keys to government vehicles and other property should be locked up or stored appropriately.

If you experience COVID-like symptoms at home, you should:

  • Stay home

  • Notify your supervisor or manager and call your HR Site Representative:

    • Lexington-Vince Vitale 859.685.9224

    • Portsmouth-Sonie Butler 740.207.3626

    • Paducah-Chris Burnham 859.321.4687

  • Contact your Healthcare Professional by phone for care instructions

  • You should NOT return to the site until cleared by Site Medical

Frequently Asked Questions

I realize that you may have questions, such as:

·When will it begin?

  • Securing operations will begin 23 March. MCS will continue the safe orderly shutdown of conversion operations through 7:00 pm Wednesday, 25 March. After 7:00 pm Wednesday, only personnel that support mission critical functions need to report to the site to ensure safety, security and regulatory compliance. Your supervisor will advise you if need to report to the site.

·When will it end?

  • As of right now, you are all expected to report back to work, during your normal shift start time, on Monday, April 6th.

·Will I be paid?

  • Yes, your supervisor will indicate what charge code to use based on your work situation

  • For those employees reporting to work or teleworking, charge to your normal charge code

  • Otherwise, charge codes will be provided in a separate email

·Who needs to report to work during the shutdown?

  • A select group of employees assigned to mission critical functions to keep the site safe, secure and compliant, including but not limited to Conversion Operations, Facility Manager, Cylinder Yard, Maintenance, Waste Management, Industrial Hygiene, and Radiological Control.

  • If you are expected to report to work, you will be contacted by your supervisor.

  • All other staff will be able to execute needed work remotely (telework) and will primarily be on call as needed.

·I've been authorized to telework, am I expected to continue working?

  • Yes, the use of teleworking is being maximized at all sites. Your supervisor will contact you with instructions on your assignment during the shutdown.

·How will I charge my time?

  • Instructions and charge codes will be provided in a separate email

·How will I receive information during shutdown?

  • The employee hotline - 859.685.2060

  • MCS Website - www.duf6-mcs.com

  • USW Local Union 550 Website - USWLocal 550.com

  • Site emails (for those can access emails on a company phone or remotely)

  • Announcements on local newspapers and radio

  • MCS SharePoint Site- https://intranet.duf6.com/sites/home/SitePages/Home.aspx

We are closely monitoring state-wide and local developments in the battle against the spread of the virus and taking steps to ensure the safety, health and well-being of our employees and families. There are still no confirmed cases of Coronavirus at MCS. However, we will inform all personnel if any of our employees test positive. If you are tested for COVID, please alert Scott Nicholson ESH&QA Director at: 803.270.1484.

Thank you, Zack Smith

MCS President and Project Manager cc:           MCS Project File