Superfund Site: PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT (USDOE)
PADUCAH, KY

Superfund Site Profile

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SITE BACKGROUND

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) site is located in Paducah, Kentucky. The site is the location of a former uranium enrichment plant owned by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  The plant began suppling enriched uranium for national defense purposes in 1952 and later provided nuclear fuel rods for power plants.  Uranium enrichment activities ceased in 2013.  Current site activities include environmental cleanup, waste disposition, depleted uranium conversion, decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of the former uranium enrichment facilities, and long-term stewardship.

The PGDP is located on about 3500 acres of land. The former plant operations area occupies 650 acres. The remainder of the acreage is used by the West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area and surrounds the site on the north, east,west and includes Bayou Creek and Little Bayou Creek. A coal-fired power plant is also located north of the site. Rural residential and agricultural areas surround the site, the wildlife management area, and the power plant.

More than five decades of plant operations resulted in generation of hazardous wastes, radioactives wastes, mixed (hazardous and radioactive) wastes, and other wastes.  Releases of these wastes contaminated soils, groundwater, surface water and sediments at the plant and beyond the plant boundary.  EPA listed the PGDP as a Superfund site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1994.