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The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) was constructed in 1952 to produce enriched uranium, initially for the nation’s nuclear weapons program and later for nuclear fuel for commercial power plants. The plant is owned by the Department of Energy (DOE), which oversees environmental cleanup activities at the site, including environmental remediation, waste management, depleted uranium conversion, and decontamination and decommissioning. Commercial enrichment was conducted under lease from 1993 until 2013 when operations ceased and the gaseous diffusion facilities were returned to the DOE Environmental Management (EM) program. EM has conducted extensive cleanup activities at the site since the late 1980s and is currently deactivating the returned plant facilities while continuing the aggressive remediation program being managed by its Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office.

Programs

Paducah Environmental Remediation
The goal of the Environmental Cleanup Program is to evaluate and take appropriate actions to ensure protection of human health and the environment....
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Paducah Citizens Advisory Board
The Paducah Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) provides informed, independent advice and recommendations to DOE regarding environmental restoration, was...
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Paducah Site Future Use
DOE has been actively pursuing the environmental cleanup goals at Paducah and Portsmouth sites since 1989. After environmental cleanup activities ...
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Paducah Educational Outreach
DOE encourages students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields, including through efforts highlighted on this page.
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News

Paducah Marks 25 Years of Successful Pump-and-Treat Operations
November 17, 2020
EM’s Paducah Site has been the safe operation of the system to treat and reduce groundwater contamination.
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Milestone Reached as First Shipment of Uranium Oxide Reaches Final Disposition
November 3, 2020
The first shipment of depleted uranium oxide (DUO) product recently left the Paducah Site in Kentucky and safely reached its final destination.
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Paducah Site Reduces Waste Inventory
October 28, 2020
EM's Paducah Site recently removed approximately 42 percent of the site’s enriched uranium inventory with a shipment of cold traps.
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Paducah Site Raises 27,810 Pounds of Food for Local Charities
August 17, 2020
PPPO's Paducah Site raised 27,810 pounds of food for local charities during July as part of DOE's Feds Feed Families effort.
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