Paducah Citizens Advisory Board Relocates Office
PADUCAH, Kentucky — The administrative offices of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) relocated May 1 to the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC). The new CAB offices are at 5100 Alben Barkley Drive, Room 221 of WKCTC’s Emerging Technology Center.
“This move further strengthens the partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and the local community, with a direct tie to local higher education,” said CAB Chairman Dr. Bill Murphy.
“The CAB plays a vital role in not only the DOE outreach program, but they also have a long history as stakeholders in the Paducah site environmental cleanup program,” said Jennifer Woodard, Paducah Site Lead for DOE’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO). “We look forward to this partnering between the CAB and WKCTC.”
The relocation will also provide a new home for the DOE’s Paducah Environmental Information Center (EIC). The EIC was opened in 1993 to provide residents of Western Kentucky and the surrounding area a convenient way to find environmental information about the plant site. The EIC is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
"West Kentucky Community and Technical College looks forward to having the Citizens Advisory Board offices and staff on our campus," said Kevin O'Neill, WKCTC's Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development. "WKCTC has been a long-standing partner with the Department of Energy. We also have strong working relationships with many of the supporting contractors of the DOE. The CAB is a great example of one of those relationships."
Founded in 1996, the Citizens Advisory Board is a stakeholder board organized under the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) Site Specific Advisory Board, which is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. PPPO manages the Paducah Site and provides administrative support to the CAB.
The CAB is comprised of up to 18 individuals from the Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois areas. The members, who can serve up to three consecutive two-year terms, represent business, academia, labor, local government, environmental concerns, and the general public. In addition to DOE, the Environmental Protection Agency Region IV, the Kentucky Department of Waste Management, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services, and the West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area are represented on the board in an advisory capacity.
The scope of the CAB is to provide advice and recommendations concerning site-specific issues including cleanup standards, environmental restoration, and waste management. The Board meets monthly to hear presentations by persons working on relevant environmental management topics, listen to and discuss input from citizens, and consider recommendations. For more information, visit: https://energy.gov/pppo/pgdp-cab.