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DOE Awards, Extends Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Cleanup Contracts

U.S. Department of Energy,

The U.S. Department of Energy has extended the contract for cleanup efforts at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The contract for BWXT Conversion Services was set to expire Friday. 

The nearly $36 million extension, which also includes the Portsmouth, Ohio location, is intended to avoid interruption in services.

The contractor is operating facilities to convert depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) to a more stable uranium oxide for reuse or disposal.

In both locations the plants are converting the DOE’s more than 700,000 metric tons of DUF6 left over from decades of uranium enrichment.

New Contract Awarded:

The DOE also awarded a contract Thursday to Mid-American Conversion Services for the Paducah and Portsmouth plants, for a total value of $318,811,847 over a five-year period. Services under this contract provide surveillance and maintenance over the facilities and equipment. Some management functions will be performed in Lexington.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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