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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

DOE Issues Decision on Disposal of Depleted Uranium Oxide From Kentucky, Ohio Plants
June 5, 2020
The U.S. Department of Energy today issued a formal Record of Decision (ROD) for the safe shipment and disposal of depleted uranium oxide.
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Portsmouth and Paducah Cleanup Set to Make Significant Impacts
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.
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Portsmouth/Paducah Cleanup Leads Contracting Officer Back Home
March 3, 2020
Growing up in Kentucky’s capital of Frankfort, Tyler Hicks knew a lot of state employees.
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Paducah's Lone Oak Middle School Advances to DOE National Science Bowl
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.
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