Research Translation Core: Paducah Gaseous Diffusions Plant Stakeholder Engagement Project

Through its partnership with the KRCEE, the UK-SRC Research Translation Core has brought together experts from Community-Based Participatory Communication and Structured Public Involvement to develop an innovative approach for community engagement in determining the future of Superfund sites. The KRCEE team has been charged by Kentucky's Congressional delegation and the United States Department of Energy with integrating public, regulatory, and technical community visions to produce a publicly approved Future State Vision Report for the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) National Priority List Superfund site. The methodology being implemented includes personal interviews, focus groups, and large community meetings, with individuals from disparate stakeholder groups engaged at each stage. The data gathered during the interview and focus group stages is informing the creation of sample scenario visualizations that will be discussed and scored during the community meeting stage. The project has resulted in a PGDP Future State Vision Document that, while not decisional, will be available to inform future US Department of Energy decisions related to the disposition of the PGDP after decommissioning. More detail about this exciting project can be found on the KRCEE website.

The RTC's close relationship with the Kentucky Research Consortium for Energy and the Environment (KRCEE) also allows it to provide a translational conduit to ongoing monitoring and remediation activities at the PGDP Superfund site.

History of The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

As part of its ongoing research translation activities with the Paducah community, the UK RTC produced two separate 30 minute films that summarize the history of the plant as well as profiling some of the workers who worked at the plant over the last 60 years.


Future of The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

The UK College of Design has partnered with the UK-SRC RTC to develop a series of possible future use scenarios for the PGDP. These may be explored here.