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The U.S. Department of Energy unveiled a new permanent display on the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Thursday at its Washington, D.C. headquarters.

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A West Kentucky Community and Technical College program set to begin in May will train people for potential Department of Energy work.

The Health Physics Training Program is a partnership between WKCTC and Paducah Economic Development to prepare people to clean up the gaseous diffusion plant.

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LATA Environmental Services has finished cleanup at a warehouse at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant as the Department of Energy prepares to decommission the site.

The nearly 29,000 square foot space held equipment and materials from the facility. The cleanup project began in May 2014 and was accelerated after receiving additional federal funds early last year.

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A new report from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce finds the commonwealth has added a lower percentage of jobs than the United States as a whole in the years following the most recent recession.


The Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization expects the U.S. Department of Energy to spend about $359 million on the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant cleanup for 2015.

PACRO Director Charlie Martin says $89 million left over from last year will roll over to join the 2015 allocation of $270 million dollars. He says this is higher than what DOE generally allocates annually to the PGDP cleanup, which is good for PACRO.

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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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.

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.

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. 


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.