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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EM Names Bradburne Field Manager of Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office
December 14, 2021
EM has selected Joel Bradburne to serve as field manager of the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) in Lexington, Kentucky.
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Paducah Site Constructing New Scanning Facility for Building Deactivation
November 23, 2021
EM’s Paducah Site is constructing a key facility in the cleanup of the former gaseous diffusion plant.
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2021-2022 CAB Work Plan
September 21, 2021
The 2022 Work Plan for the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board may be downloaded from this page.
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More Than 30 Years of Environmental Cleanup at Paducah Adds Up
September 14, 2021
Since the inception of the EM program in 1989, the Paducah Site has made notable achievements in groundwater cleanup, waste removal, and other work advancing its environmental cleanup mission following more than 60 years of uranium enrichment operations.
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