2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 14:12:46 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs, RADIATION: Paducah Gasesous Diffusion Plant (KY)
At the heart of the Atomic City: Paducah's Gasesous Diffusion Plant

Rebecca Feldhaus
WKMS Radio (KY)
May 11, 2010

PADUCAH, KY (WKMS) - When people in the Paducah area discuss "yellowcake," it might not involve any sort of baked good. The confectionery nickname represents uranium's solid form -- a dense yellow powder. Uranium has been part of the Four Rivers region for over 50 years at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

The plant, located just within the boarders of McCracken County, near Kevil, began as a weapon-building site for the U-S Nuclear arms program. After World War II, the race for nuclear arms rocketed uranium enrichment plants, like the one in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to heavy production. When U-S nuclear war program officials looked across the country for another plant location, Paducah Kentucky got the nod. Public Relations person for the United States Enrichment Corporation or USEC Georgann Lookofsky says there were suspicions that friends in high places had something to do with it.


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Lenny Siegel
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