In October, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) awarded a $3.4 Million Grant to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) for regulatory oversight of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) located in Paducah, KY. This grant covers a single-year Base Project Period from November 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015 with an option for four, one-year extensions (approximately $680,000 per year).
The goal of the Federal Facility Agreement (FFA) grant is to have the Kentucky EEC work with DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to find ways to best remediate contaminated environmental media as required by the FFA. Kentucky, specifically the EEC, is charged with the duty of enforcing the environmental laws/regulations of Kentucky relating to waste management, water and air quality, and protection of human health and environment that are applicable to DOE’s activities at the PGDP.
The mission of the Office of Environmental Management is to complete the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.