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Energy Department officially retakes Paducah plant

October 21, 2014

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has officially retaken control of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant as decontamination and decommissioning work continues at the western Kentucky site.

United States Enrichment Corporation turned over control of the 750-acre uranium enrichment complex Tuesday morning.

USEC had leased the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant from DOE since it was privatized by the federal government in 1998 and enriched uranium for the global nuclear fuel market until May 2013.

DOE has responsibility for the decontamination and decommissioning of the 60-year old complex and has contracted with Fluor Federal Services, Inc. to begin deactivation activities at the site.

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant was built in the 1950′s as a government owned and operated facility. It supplied enriched uranium for national security and energy production.

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