New Demolition Phase Begins at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Jan 26, 2016

Credit U.S. Department of Energy

Contractors at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant have kicked off a new demolition phase, clearing the first of 12 facilities to be removed in coming months. 

The 72,000 square foot warehouse built in the 1960s previously stored old equipment and hazardous materials. Other facilities to be torn down include a fuel oil storage tank, acid tanks, waste storage facilities, and a 50 ton truck scale building. An estimated 1,600 cubic yards of demolition waste will be disposed at an on-site landfill.

More than 500 facilities will be addressed during site cleanup, 32 of which have already been cleared. Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler says cleanup will take 20 to 30 years.