EM, Advisory Board Team Up for Paducah’s Groundwater Cleanup Video

The Paducah Site and the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) have teamed up to produce a documentary video about EM’s groundwater cleanup program, resulting in a collaborative communication tool that helps audiences understand efforts to remediate off-site groundwater contamination.

EM partners with environmental regulators and community stakeholders to implement a cleanup strategy helping to reduce the presence of trichloroethene, a common industrial degreaser once used at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant to clean equipment, discovered in off-site groundwater in 1988.

“I was glad to take part in this project,” said former board member William Murphy, who is featured in the video. “The cleanup program has been in operation for about 30 years. It’s important for our community to understand the issue and for DOE to demonstrate to the community what actions they are taking to ensure the environment is preserved.”

In addition to board members sharing insight into Paducah’s groundwater cleanup program, the video features Paducah Site employees integral to the development and implementation of the site’s groundwater cleanup strategy.

“For many years the CAB’s partnership with DOE has resulted in key guidance to the cleanup program,” Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) Manager Joel Bradburne said. “Having them participate in the groundwater video is a documented example of our collaborative success.”