Storms damage uranium enrichment plant in Kentucky

A shuttered uranium enrichment plant in Kentucky suffered damage in a line of storms that spawned tornadoes in Illinois and parts of the Midwest on Nov. 17.

USEC, which operates the Paducah gaseous diffusion plant, said on its Twitter page that damage was confined to the exterior of the plant’s structure. USEC said one of the plant’s four enrichment production buildings, adjacent cooling towers and an electrical switchyard sustained most of the damage. No hazardous materials were released and there were no injuries reported at the plant.

Uranium enrichment at the site ended in June after the Department of Energy opted to discontinue subsidizing the plant.

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