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DOE Awards UK Researchers $2.5 Million Grant Related to PGDP Cleanup

Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded University of Kentucky researchers a grant to support the development of new cleanup strategies at the former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site.

The plant produced enriched uranium for nuclear power plants for more than half a century before shuttering in 2013.

In addition to supporting the work of UK’s Center for Applied Energy Research, the five-year, $2.5 million grant goes toward public outreach related to the plant’s cleanup. This includes keeping stakeholders up-to-date on cleanup efforts and educating local high school students on the work going on at the plant.

UK is also developing a PGDP “virtual museum” with an archive of photos and videos of the plant, similar to one launched in 2012 for southern Ohio's Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

John Null is the host and creator of Left of the Dial. From 2013-2016, he also served as a reporter in the WKMS newsroom.
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