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Superfund Site Report: PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT (USDOE)
 
 
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Underway

    The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) is a URANIUM+ enrichment facility covering approximately 1,350 acres in western McCracken County approximately 10 miles west of Paducah, Kentucky, and about 3 miles south of the Ohio River. PGDP began operating in 1952 and is owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE). The facility is currently managed by Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. Approximately 740 acres of the plant are located within a fenced security area. An uninhabited buffer zone surrounds the fenced area. Beyond the USDOE-owned buffer zone is an extensive wildlife management area of 2,100 acres deeded or leased to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. PGDP performs the first step in the URANIUM+ enrichment process, enriching uranium-235 (U-235) in a physical separation process. The separation process is based on the faster rate at which U-235 diffuses through a barrier, in comparison with the heavier uranium-238 (U-238). Subsequent to processing at PGDP, the URANIUM+ is further enriched at another USDOE gaseous diffusion plant.  More...
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Contaminants Detected

      Ground
    Water
    Surface
    Water
    Air Soil Other
    2,3,7,8-TETRACHLORODIBENZO-P-DIOXIN (TCDD)    X
    BENZENE    X
    BIS(2-ETHYLHEXYL)PHTHALATE    X
    CADMIUMXX   
    CHROMIUM (III)    X
    ETHYLBENZENE    X
    FURAN    X
    LEADXX   
    OCTACHLORODIBENZO-P-DIOXIN    X
    POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS X   
    SELENIUM    X
    TOLUENE    X
    TRICHLOROETHANE (ALL ISOMERS)    X
    TRICHLOROETHYLENEX    
    URANIUM    X


    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No data
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No data
     
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT (USDOE):

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    *Note: EPA's Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at time of listing. These scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of cleanup work.
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  • Site Information
    Site Name: PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT (USDOE)
    EPA ID: KY8890008982
    Address: P O BOX 1410
    PADUCAH, KY 42001
    Other Names: US DOE PADUCAH GAS DIFFUSION PLANT
    Site Ownership: Federally Owned
    Category of Site: Federal Facility
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: May 31, 1994
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 0
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