PADUCAH, KY — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on February 20 announced its 2018 public tour schedule for its site near Paducah, Ky.
DOE offers site tours to give participants an up-close look at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and its cleanup operations. They are also intended to inform the public about the site's history and to honor the heritage of workers who met the nation’s defense and energy needs for many years.
After an orientation, visitors tour the site, including a visit to the plant’s control facility, the hub of the gaseous diffusion plant. The tours also include historical videos, photographs, and information on current activities.
“DOE is pleased to host the tours for the third consecutive year to present the historical significance of the site,” said Jennifer Woodard, Paducah Site Lead for DOE’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office.
Tours will be offered April 7, May 19, June 2, June 23, and September 8, 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 noon for afternoon tours.
Participants must pre-register at https://www.fourriversnuclearpartnership.com/tours and must be U.S. citizens 18 years of age or older. The tours last approximately three hours and are coordinated by Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, the DOE deactivation and remediation contractor. Each tour will accommodate a maximum of 40 people and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.