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.
Gaseous Diffusion Plant Transition
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
Ensuring sufficient cleanup funds are provided to the community
Utilizing the site for future economic development efforts
FY 2020 BUDGET
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(Uranium Enrichment Decontamination & Decommissioning Fund. Amounts in thousands of dollars. Click here for the latest site budget.)
PRIMARY OPERATING CONTRACTORS
Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, LLC (FRNP) – Deactivation & Remediation
FRNP is made up of CH2M, BWXT, and Fluor.
Swift & Staley – Infrastructure
Mid-America Conversion Services, LLC (MCS) – DUF6 Conversion
MCS is made up of Atkins, Westinghouse Government Services (WGS), and Fluor Federal Services, Inc.
Pro2Serve – Technical Services
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.
Contact: Scott Darnell, PACRO Executive Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Contact: Eric Roberts, Project Director, email@example.com; Phone: (270) 554-3004
MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION
City of Paducah
Pam Spencer, Public Information Officer
Phone: (270) 444-8669; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO)
Phone: (859) 219-4035; Email: PublicAffairs.PPPO@lex.doe.gov
~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.
Updated August 2019.
Information in this profile is sourced from DOE, NNSA, and the site’s online resources.