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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Paducah Marks 25 Years of Successful Pump-and-Treat OperationsLearn More
November 17, 2020
EM’s Paducah Site has been the safe operation of the system to treat and reduce groundwater contamination.
Milestone Reached as First Shipment of Uranium Oxide Reaches Final DispositionLearn More
November 3, 2020
The first shipment of depleted uranium oxide (DUO) product recently left the Paducah Site in Kentucky and safely reached its final destination.
Paducah Site Raises 27,810 Pounds of Food for Local CharitiesLearn More
August 17, 2020
PPPO's Paducah Site raised 27,810 pounds of food for local charities during July as part of DOE's Feds Feed Families effort.