We are pleased to launch the newly completed Virtual Symposium for your viewing enjoyment! The video presentations, Power point presentations, and project reports can serve as useful Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education tools for area schools, colleges, and universities and also provide valuable information to the public at large about applied research projects conducted at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) facilities in Kentucky and Ohio.

The Virtual Symposium provides online presentations and resources related to UK activities conducted at the DOE Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) site near Paducah, Kentucky and OU activities conducted at the DOE Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) site near Piketon, Ohio.

Please view the Virtual Symposium at: http://www.ukrcee.org/symposia/

If you are interested hearing more about OU or UK grant activities and/or if you have any questions, feel free to contact:

  • Stephanie Howe at Ohio University: howe@ohio.edu / Associate Director for Human Capital and Operations, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University
  • Steve Hampson at University of Kentucky: Steve.Hampson@uky.edu / Associate Director for Environmental Remediation and Restoration at the Center for Applied Energy Research at the University of Kentucky
  • Darrell Taulbee at University of Kentucky: Darrell.taulbee@uky.edu / Industrial Support Coordinator/Program Manager Restoration at the Center for Applied Energy Research at the University of Kentucky


Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant;
A Challenge in Progress

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP), located in Western Kentucky, was the last active uranium enrichment facility owned by the U.S. Department of Energy.  Enrichment operations at the PGDP ceased in May 2013.

For over six decades, the PGDP has contributed billions to the local economy.  As the largest employer in the region, it is now slated for decommissioning.

PGDP poses world-class challenges to technical and regulatory processes relevant to environmental cleanup.

The Kentucky Research Consortium for Energy and Environment (KRCEE) was created to identify problems and offer real scientific solutions for the cleanup of the PGDP and the surrounding areas.

The KRCEE is comprised of professional staff and faculty from industry and academia.