PADUCAH

Photo courtesy of Energy.gov

Photo courtesy of Energy.gov

 

HISTORY

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. From 1993 to 2013, the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) leased plant facilities to conduct gaseous diffusion operations. In October 2014, USEC returned the facilities to the DOE Environmental Management (EM) program for cleanup and disposition.

CURRENT MISSIONS

  • Environmental Remediation

  • Gaseous Diffusion Plant Transition

  • Educational Outreach

CLEANUP ISSUES

The goal of the environmental cleanup program has been and still is to evaluate and take appropriate actions to ensure protection of human health and the environment. The cleanup program supports site investigations, environmental response actions, and decommissioning and decontamination (D&D) of inactive facilities.

HOST LOCAL COMMUNITIES

COMMUNITY PRIORITIES

  • Ensuring sufficient cleanup funds are provided to the community

  • Utilizing the site for future economic development efforts

FY 2020 BUDGET


FY 2018 Enacted FY 2019 Enacted FY 2020 Request
205,530 206,000 207,215

(Uranium Enrichment Decontamination & Decommissioning Fund. Amounts in thousands of dollars. Click here for the latest site budget.)

PRIMARY OPERATING CONTRACTORS

COMMUNITY REUSE ORGANIZATION

Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization

Mission: PACRO is tasked with mitigating the impact of the closure of the PGDP in western McCracken County, KY. Its mission includes promoting the site and surrounding acreage for future economic development and pushing for federal clean-up dollars to reduce the footprint of the uranium enrichment facilities.

PADUCAH CITIZENS ADVISORY BOARD (CAB)

Mission: The Paducah Citizens Advisory Board provides informed, independent advice and recommendations to DOE regarding environmental restoration, waste management, future land use, risk assessment, clean-up technologies, and related site activities. The CAB is a nonpartisan, representative organization consisting of members with diverse interests and concerns related to PGDP cleanup activities.

ELECTED LEADERSHIP

Federal Government

State Government

Local Government

MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION

BY THE NUMBERS

  • ~7 million cubic feet of waste, including legacy, cleanup, and material storage area waste, have been characterized and disposed.

  • More than 39,000 metric tons of depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) have been converted by the DUF6 conversion plant at Paducah.

  • 84 facilities have been demolished.

  • 7,724 gallons of TCE and other volatile organic compounds have been removed from the environment using pump and treat technology and by treating source areas.

SITE NEWS

Updated August 2019.
Information in this profile is sourced from DOE, NNSA, and the site’s online resources.