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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.


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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Energy Department Approves Extension of Paducah Site Infrastructure Support Services Contract
November 29, 2018
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that it has exercised its option to extend the contract with Swift & Staley Inc.
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Infrastructure Improvements Enhance Paducah Safety, Sustainability
November 20, 2018
EM recently completed several infrastructure improvements aimed at ensuring safety, health, & security at the former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
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Two Added, Three Returned to Paducah Citizens Advisory Board
September 11, 2018
The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management recently appointed two new members and reappointed three others to the Paducah CAB.
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Upgrades Allow Conversion of DUF6 From Non-Standard Cylinders
July 31, 2018
EM recently launched long-planned systems to safely handle the disposition of non-standard storage cylinders containing depleted uranium hexafluoride.
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