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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

Upgrades Allow Conversion of DUF6 From Non-Standard Cylinders
EM recently launched long-planned systems to safely handle the disposition of non-standard storage cylinders containing depleted uranium hexafluoride.
July 31, 2018
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EM Donation Gives New Life to Old Computer Equipment
Brandon Hall recently read about Sprocket, Inc., a nonprofit makerspace, needing pre-owned circuit boards for an upcoming student technology project.
July 31, 2018
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DOE Awards Contract for the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Technical Support Services Acquisition
DOE Awards Contract for the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Technical Support Services Acquisition
June 28, 2018
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DOE Paducah Site Contractor Gives a ‘Hoot’ Rescuing Injured Owl
A recent call to Swift & Staley, DOE's Paducah infrastructure support services contractor, alerted staff that an injured owl had been found.
June 20, 2018
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