Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Operators Ordered to Testify

Paducah, KY – Residents living near the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant may soon learn more about their property. Plant operators Union Carbide and Lockheed Martin were ordered by a judge earlier this month to find employees who can testify in a deposition about the environmental policies, if any, at the plant from the 1950s through the 1980s. The order is the result of a 12-year-long legal battle between nearby residents and the companies that run the nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. Residents claim the plant dumped radioactive wastewater into nearby creeks and streams, contaminating their farms. The companies have denied the allegations and the case is scheduled to go to trial in January in Paducah.