DOE Awards UK Researchers $2.5 Million Grant Related to PGDP Cleanup

Apr 14, 2016

University of Kentucky students and faculty view a video by UK College of Design students that envisions future cleanup strategies to be considered for DOE’s Paducah Site.
Credit Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded University of Kentucky researchers a grant to support the development of new cleanup strategies at the former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site.

The plant produced enriched uranium for nuclear power plants for more than half a century before shuttering in 2013.

In addition to supporting the work of UK’s Center for Applied Energy Research, the five-year, $2.5 million grant goes toward public outreach related to the plant’s cleanup. This includes keeping stakeholders up-to-date on cleanup efforts and educating local high school students on the work going on at the plant.

UK is also developing a PGDP “virtual museum” with an archive of photos and videos of the plant, similar to one launched in 2012 for southern Ohio's Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.