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.

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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10:26 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

PACRO Board Waiting for Gov't to Release $175m in Cleanup Funds

Credit Lance Dennee

With a lay-off looming of around 360 workers at Paducah’s United States Enrichment Corporation plant, the Purchase-Area Community Reuse Organization  (PACRO) continues to fight for $175m in funding from the DOE for site cleanup to put people to work.

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8:43 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Beshear Gives Go-Ahead for GLE Land Purchase at PGDP Site

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has given the go-ahead for a transfer of state-owned land across from the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant to build the Global Laser Enrichment facility.  GLE has advised the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of their plans to construct and operate the facility. 

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4:47 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

$324-m to Boost Cleanup Efforts @ Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant - Hiring Planned


Federal contractors have received the go-ahead to continue cleanup projects at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, thanks to a $324m appropriation from the Department of Energy.  Federal lawmakers approved the funding in an omnibus spending bill earlier this year. 

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12:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

USEC Prepares for Winter Layoffs

Credit DOE

As negotiations continue between the U.S. Department of Energy and GE Hitachi's Global Laser Enrichment for use of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site, the United States Enrichment Corporation is preparing for another round of layoffs beginning at the end of this month.

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Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
4:07 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Megatons To Megawatts: Russian Warheads Fuel U.S. Power Plants

A Soviet SS-21 tactical short-range nuclear missile is shown for the first time in Red Square, at the Victory Day parade in Moscow, Russia on May 9, 1985.
Associated Press

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 9:10 am

Here's a remarkable fact: For the past two decades, 10 percent of all the electricity consumed in the United States has come from Russian nuclear warheads.

It was all part of a deal struck at the end of the Cold War. That deal wraps up today, when the final shipment of fuel arrives at a U.S. facility.

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Cold War Patriots
12:17 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Paducah Man Works to Memorialize Cold War Patriots

The Cold War Patriots Memorial house.

Jonathan Hines is seeing to it that the Cold War Patriots, workers injured or killed in the Cold War nuclear industry, will be remembered here in Paducah. 

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1:51 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Global Laser Enrichment Could Bring New Laser-Based Technology to Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Site

Depleted uranium cylinders stored at PGDP
Credit Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy will begin negotiations with GE Hitachi's Global Laser Enrichment (GLE) for the sale of the depleted uranium hexafluoride inventory at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

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5:48 am
Thu November 21, 2013

PACRO Board Makes No Progress at Meeting Due to Lack of Quorum

Several items of business have been left undiscussed after the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization failed to achieve a quorum at Wednesday's meeting. The group which is charged with mitigating the effects of the Paducah gaseous diffusion plant shutdown missed discussion regarding updates about General Electric Hitatchi, and site clean-up funding.

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8:29 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Union Layoffs Announced at Paducah Plant


The United States Enrichment Corporation notified twenty-four union members Monday of their last day working at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. 

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