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PADUCAH, KY (March 3, 2017) — The U.S. Department of Energy announced today its 2017 schedule for public tours of its site near Paducah, Ky.  Tour participants will get an up-close look at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and the site’s cleanup operations.  

DOE is offering tours so the public can learn the site’s history and honor the heritage of workers who met the nation’s defense and energy needs for many years.  After a quick orientation, visitors will tour the site and go inside the plant’s control facility, the hub of the gaseous diffusion plant.

“DOE offers tours that help the public understand the historical significance of the site,” said Jennifer Woodard, DOE’s Paducah Site Lead. “The tours include historical videos and photographs, and information on current activities. DOE is pleased to welcome the public for the second consecutive year.”

Tours will be offered April 22, May 20, June 24, and July 15 and are free of charge.  Tours begin at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) Emerging Technology Center located at 4810 Alben Barkley Drive in Paducah at 8:00 a.m. for morning tours and at 12:00 p.m. for afternoon tours.  

Participants must pre-register at and must be U.S. citizens 18 years of age or older. The tours last approximately three hours and are coordinated by Fluor Federal Services, the site’s deactivation contractor. Each tour will accommodate a maximum of 40 people and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.  No cameras, cell phones, or other recording devices are permitted. 

For more information about the Paducah Site, visit