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.



2020 Paducah Annual Site Environmental Report
September 9, 2022
The attached is a copy of the 2020 Paducah Annual Site Environmental Report.
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EM’s Nelson-Jean Views Cleanup Progress at PPPO Sites
September 6, 2022
Nicole Nelson-Jean, EM associate principal deputy assistant secretary for field operations, toured cleanup operations at the Portsmouth and Paducah sites and visited the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO).
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Paducah Tests Its First Robot to Support Cleanup Mission
August 23, 2022
Workers are introducing a first at EM’s Paducah Site — use of robot technology — to set the stage for future deactivation and remediation work at the former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP).
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Paducah’s Citizens Advisory Board Visits DUF6 Conversion Facility
August 16, 2022
Members of the Paducah Site’s citizens advisory board (CAB) recently visited one of EM’s two plants that convert depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) to more stable compounds.
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