Occupational Energy Research Program
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Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP)
Located 15 miles west of Paducah, Kentucky, the gaseous diffusion plant began operating in 1952. The plant was used to enrich uranium for use as commercial nuclear reactor fuel. Since 1993, the plant has been operated under the United States Enrichment Corporation and is still used to enrich uranium, today. The Department of Energy (DOE) is remediating much of the Paducah site and disposing of the waste generated during the time the plant was operated under DOE.1
Communication of Study Results
Causes of death among workers from the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant: factsheet distributed at public and worker meetings in Paducah on September 29, 2010. PDF only 79 KB (2 pages)
Publications from grant-funded studies done at PGDP
Mortality Patterns Among Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Workers was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Jul 2010), vol. 52, issue 7, pages 725-732.
Time-period mortality patterns in a Gaseous Diffusion Plant workforce was published in the International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health (2010), vol. 23, issue 2, pages 145-151.
Medical screening programs available to workers
Building Trades National Medical
Worker Health Protection