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Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Division of Waste Management
Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP)

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) is located 15 miles west of Paducah, Ky.  The PGDP was in operation from September 1952 to June 2013 and was operated historically for national defense purposes until 1964, after which it produced fuel-grade uranium used to generate electricity in nuclear reactors. The PGDP is located on a 3,556-acre federal reservation in northwestern McCracken County. The PGDP was designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Superfund site in 1988 following the discovery of trichloroethene (TCE) and technetium-99 in domestic drinking water wells near the facility and additional soil, sediment, and groundwater contaminated with trichloroethene (TCE), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and uranium in and around the plant. 

The PGDP Section of the Kentucky Division of Waste Management provides independent and regulatory oversight of the cleanup of the PGDP site and functions as Kentucky’s representative in the Federal Facilities Agreement (FFA). The FFA is a three-party agreement between DOE, EPA, and Kentucky.  The FFA was developed to ensure compliance with and to avoid duplication between the corrective action provisions of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permitting program and the corrective action requirements of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).  Moreover, the FFA outlines regulatory structure and guides interactions between the three parties.

The PGDP Section also oversees the Agreement in Principle (AIP) Program funded by the DOE. The fundamental goal of the AIP Program is to allow Kentucky to conduct independent and impartial assessments of the potential environmental impacts of DOE activities at the PGDP.  Under the AIP Program, Kentucky manages independent environmental monitoring by either conducting or overseeing independent environmental research.  Additionally, the program enhances communications with concerned citizens.

For additional information on the PGDP Section activities, contact:

Brian Begley, section supervisor, or call 502-782-6317.

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 Oversight News and Annual Reports Archive

 
  
  
  
  
PGDP Annual Report 2017.pdf
  
April2018
Oversight News Issue 18.pdf
  
June2018
Oversight News Issue 17.pdf
  
March2018
Oversight News Issue 19.pdf
  
September2018
PGDP Annual Report 2016.pdf
  
June2017
Oversight News Issue 16.pdf
  
December2017
Oversight News Issue 15.pdf
  
October2017
Oversight News Issue 14.pdf
  
June2017
Oversight News Issue 13.pdf
  
April2017
PGDP Annual Report 2015.pdf
  
April2016
Oversight News Issue 12.pdf
  
December2016
Oversight News Issue 11.pdf
  
August2016
Oversight News Issue 10.pdf
  
April2016
Oversight News Issue 09.pdf
  
January2016
PGDP Annual Report 2014.pdf
  
September2015
Oversight News Issue 08.pdf
  
November2015
Oversight News Issue 07.pdf
  
August2015
Oversight News Issue 06.pdf
  
June2015
Oversight News Issue 05.pdf
  
December2014
Oversight News Issue 04.pdf
  
October2014
Oversight News Issue 03.pdf
  
June2014
Oversight News Issue 02.pdf
  
March2014
Oversight News Issue 01.pdf
  
December2013