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Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Photo Date: January 1988
Photo Number: 101 010 002

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site encompasses 300 hectares (750 acres) inside a 1,369-hectare (3,422-acre) reservation owned by the Department of Energy. It is located approximately 8 kilometers (5 miles) west of the City of Paducah, Kentucky. Construction of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant began in 1951. Initial operations began in 1952, and full operations were initiated by 1955. Since 1991, the plant has only produced low-enriched uranium for use as fuel in commercial nuclear power plants.

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