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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 Science Bowl Contenders Vie to Represent West Kentucky
February 4, 2019
Gatton Academy won the DOE West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl and will represent the area in the National Finals.
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DOE Transfers Excess Paducah Site Generator to Local Community
January 17, 2019
DOE Transfers Excess Paducah Site Generator to Local Community
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Calloway High School Student Wins Design Contest for West Kentucky DOE Science Bowl
January 16, 2019
Mark Thang of Calloway County High School was recently named winner of the 2019 West Kentucky DOE Science Bowl t-shirt design contest.
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EM Reaches Milestone in Deactivation of Paducah’s C-400 Building
January 8, 2019
Workers have cleaned up legacy materials in the C-400 Cleaning Building at EM’s Paducah Site.
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