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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 Announces Additional Dates for Public Tours at Paducah Site
April 11, 2019
The U.S. Department of Energy Paducah Site has announced two additional dates for public tours—June 1 and June 22, 2019.
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Spaces Still Available for Paducah DOE Site Tours
March 21, 2019
Seats are filling up as online registration for the Department of Energy’s Paducah Site public tours continues
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Paducah Site Tour ‘Most Unique’ for Nuclear History Buffs
March 5, 2019
Nanette Gallant was amazed by the extensiveness of the former gaseous diffusion plant operations.
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DOE Paducah Site Seeks College Interns for the Summer
February 26, 2019
Two of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Paducah Site contractors are accepting applications for their 2019 College Summer Internship
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