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Business
9:41 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Significant Inactive Facility at PGDP Site Demolished

A panoramic view of the east end of the C-410 complex shows a rainbow forming as sunlight passes through vapor from misting machines used to suppress dust.
Credit Energy.gov

Workers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant are demolishing the last of 32 inactive facilities scheduled for removal as part of cleanup at the PGDP site.  The U.S. Department of Energy reports the C-410 Feed Plant will be razed to a slab by this fall, ridding the site of a structure contaminated with asbestos and the low-level radioactive compound uranium hexafluoride, or UF-6.

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Business
4:07 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Laser Enrichment Company Files Intent to Build on PGDP Site

Credit http://www.usec.com/gaseous-diffusion/paducah-gdp

GE Hitachi's Global Laser Enrichment is seeking approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to use the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

GLE has been in negotiations with the Department of Energy since late November for use of the site and the depleted uranium stored there.

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Environment
10:47 am
Tue November 26, 2013

LATA Notifies Employees of December Layoffs at PGDP Site

The company federally-contracted to clean up the site of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant notified 91 workers of layoffs Monday.

LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky notified 79 union workers from the United Steelworkers Local 550, as well as 12 salaried workers.

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Environment
4:21 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Offers Period Ends for PGDP

Credit http://www.usec.com/gaseous-diffusion/paducah-gdp

Wednesday marked the final day for companies to respond to the Department of Energy’s request for offers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, formerly operated by the United States Enrichment Corporation.

General Electric-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment and International Isotopes are two of the companies that showed interest in the site.

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Business
12:52 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

PACRO Plans to Assist Displaced Plant Workers

Credit http://www.usec.com/gaseous-diffusion/paducah-gdp

The Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization or PACRO is working with union and economic development officials to garner support for soon to be unemployed workers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. USEC announced last week it won't continue it's enriching process at the Department of Energy owned site. 

Purchase Area Development District Special Projects Coordinator Mary-Anne Medlock said workers will soon receive a survey to help understand the plant's demographics to aid in an seeking an emergency grant from the Department of Labor.

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Business
3:47 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy Seeks Proposals to Extend Operations of Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Credit http://www.usec.com/gaseous-diffusion/paducah-gdp

The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking proposals from companies for the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant to try to cut costs while preserving some or all of the 1,200 jobs at the the uranium enrichment site.

An emailed release from the DOE details a formal request for proposals from companies that want to lease or purchase the facility for commercial purposes.

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Business
8:08 am
Tue December 4, 2012

USEC Worker Helps Save Paducah Jobs

Funds from the Kentucky Department of Energy and Environment will help pay for a United States Enrichment Corporation employee who will work with Paducah Economic Development officials to help save jobs at the city’s gaseous diffusion plant.  The McCracken County Fiscal Court voted last night to accept the $75,000 to pay travel and other expenses over the next year for USEC employee Charlie Martin.  McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry says USEC will continue to pay Martin’s salary while he researches ways to keep local people working at the plant.

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Jobs
2:53 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Department of Energy Official Outlines Search to Fill Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

DOE

The Department of Energy recently hosted a two day workshop  in Paducah to meet with a variety of regional and global company leaders on the prospects of reindustrializing the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion plant. The DOE owns the PGPD and leases it to companies.

Currently, the United States Enrichment Corporation or USEC leases the facility to re-enrich uranium for power plants with the help of 1,200 employees. USEC’s operations are scheduled to end in May 2013.

Government
3:20 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Whitfield: Keeping an Open Mind on PGDP Future

Congressman Ed Whitfield

Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield says despite his comments that the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion plant is on its "Last Leg" he’s keeping an open mind about the facility's future. Whitfield's comments about the plant were published in the Washington-based Weapons Complex Monitor

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National Science Bowl
3:26 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Local Students to Compete in National Science Competition

Calloway County Middle School and Lone Oak High School will compete starting this weekend in the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in the Washington, D.C., area.

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