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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 Site Tour Fascinates Louisville Science Teacher
February 14, 2020
Louisville science teacher Amy Shumate last year visited the Paducah Site and plans to incorporate what she learned into her instruction.
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Gatton Academy Wins DOE West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl
February 11, 2020
The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science Team One of Bowling Green, Kentucky, today won the DOE West Kentucky Science Bowl.
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Heath Middle School Students Win DOE Science Bowl T-Shirt Design Contest
January 16, 2020
Heath Middle School students receive a $500 check for their school for winning the official T-Shirt design contest for the regional science bowl.
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Paducah Site Contractor Named One of America’s Safest Companies
January 14, 2020
The environment health and safety magazine has named EM’s prime infrastructure contractor at the Paducah Site as one of America’s Safest Companies.
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