DOE Requests $270M for Clean Up Efforts at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Feb 9, 2016

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP)
Credit U.S. Department of Energy, energy.gov

More than $270 million dollars in federal funds may be slated for ongoing cleanup efforts at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. 

The request made by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management is part of a more than six-billion dollar proposed budget issued to Congress for fiscal year 2017.

The largest portion of the funds allocated to PGDP is more than $200 million for decontamination and decommissioning. Funding also goes towards depleted uranium conversion, security, facilities management and administration.

A breakdown of the proposed budget request for Paducah:

  • Decontamination and decommissioning: $205.530 million
  • Depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) conversion: $48.976 million
  • Safeguards and security: $14.049 million
  • Paducah Community and Regulatory Support: $1.725 million
  • Nuclear Materials  Stabilization and Disposition-Paducah Uranium Facilities Management: $1.369 million
  • Paducah Contract/Post-Closure Liabilities/Administration: $661,000