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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

 
  
  
  
  
Oversight News Volume 1 Issue 14.pdf
  
June2017
Oversight News Volume 1 Issue 13.pdf
  
April2017
2016 PGDP Annual Report.pdf
  
June2017
Oversight News Volume 1 Issue 15.pdf
  
October2017
Oversight News Volume 1 Issue 16.pdf
  
December2017
Oversight News Volume 1 Issue 12.pdf
  
December2016
Oversight News Volume 1 Issue 09.pdf
  
January2016
Oversight News Volume 1 Issue 11.pdf
  
August2016
2015 PGDP Annual Report.pdf
  
April2016
Oversight News Volume 1 Issue 10.pdf
  
April2016
Oversight News Volume 1 Issue 06.pdf
  
June2015
2014 PGDP Annual Report.pdf
  
September2015
Oversight News Volume 1 Issue 07.pdf
  
August2015
Oversight News Volume 1 Issue 08.pdf
  
November2015
Oversight News Volume 1 Issue 04.pdf
  
October2014
Oversight News Volume 1 Issue 03.pdf
  
June2014
Oversight News Volume 1 Issue 02.pdf
  
March2014
Oversight News Volume 1 Issue 05.pdf
  
December2014
Oversight News Volume 1 Issue 01.pdf
  
December2013