The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant has been enriching uranium since 1952, making it the world’s oldest such facility. Now, in 2013, it faces an uncertain future. New technology and a depressed market for their product have led the U.S. Department of Energy to consider closing the facility when USEC’s lease on the site expires next month. This threatens some 1,200 jobs in McCracken County. But, there are glimmers of hope.