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.
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Portsmouth and Paducah Cleanup Set to Make Significant ImpactsLearn More
March 17, 2020
EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office is set to make the first major skyline change later this year with demolition beginning on the X-326 building.
Paducah's Lone Oak Middle School Advances to DOE National Science BowlLearn More
February 25, 2020
On February 21, 2020, a team from Lone Oak Middle School of Paducah, Kentucky won the U.S. Department of Energy’s West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl.
Paducah Site Tour Fascinates Louisville Science TeacherLearn More
February 14, 2020
Louisville science teacher Amy Shumate last year visited the Paducah Site and plans to incorporate what she learned into her instruction.