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DOE Extends Contract to Convert DUF6 from Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

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Depleted uranium barrels housed at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management has extended the contract for the conversion of depleted uranium hexafluoride in Paducah.

BWXT Conversion Services converts leftover DUF6 from the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Their DOE contract was set to expire at the end of the year, but has been extended nine months for about $68 million. The D-O-E says this will allow conversion operations to continue uninterrupted as the department selects and transitions to a new contract.

The D-O-E is converting more than 700,000 tons of DUF6 left over from decades of uranium enrichment to a more stable form for reuse or disposal.

A proud native of Murray, Kentucky, Allison grew up roaming the forests of western Kentucky and visiting national parks across the country. She graduated in 2014 from Murray State University where she studied Environmental Sustainability, Television Production, and Spanish. She loves meeting new people, questioning everything, and dancing through the sun and the rain. She hopes to make a positive impact in this world several endeavors at a time.
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