PACRO http://wkms.org en Paducah Laser Enrichment Plant Project Moves Forward http://wkms.org/post/paducah-laser-enrichment-plant-project-moves-forward <p><font face="Times New Roman, serif">The Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization is progressing with GE Hitachi’s plans to construct a laser enrichment facility.</font></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:45:08 +0000 Parker Franklin 40771 at http://wkms.org Paducah Laser Enrichment Plant Project Moves Forward PACRO Board Waiting for Gov't to Release $175m in Cleanup Funds http://wkms.org/post/pacro-board-waiting-govt-release-175m-cleanup-funds <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With a lay-off looming of around 360 workers at Paducah’s United States Enrichment Corporation plant, the Purchase-Area Community Reuse Organization&nbsp; (</span>PACRO<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) continues to fight for $</span>175m<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in funding from the DOE for site cleanup to put people to work.</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 03:26:27 +0000 Lance Dennee 39353 at http://wkms.org PACRO Board Waiting for Gov't to Release $175m in Cleanup Funds PACRO Official: "Matter of a Few Months" Before Agreement Is Reached for PGDP Site http://wkms.org/post/pacro-official-matter-few-months-agreement-reached-pgdp-site <p>The director of the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization, or PACRO, says negotiations are going well between the U.S. Department of Energy and General Electric-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment for use of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site.</p><p>Charlie Martin said the two parties have had multiple meetings in Lexington, Ky. and Washington D.C. <a href="http://wkms.org/post/global-laser-enrichment-could-bring-new-laser-based-technology-paducah-gaseous-diffusion-site-0">since beginning negotiations in November</a> and thinks an agreement will be reached soon.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 01:25:36 +0000 John Null 38066 at http://wkms.org PACRO Official: "Matter of a Few Months" Before Agreement Is Reached for PGDP Site PACRO Continues With Mission Despite DOE-GLE Negotiations http://wkms.org/post/pacro-continues-mission-despite-doe-gle-negotiations <p class="p1">Despite ongoing negotiations between G-E Hitachi and the Department of Energy the group tasked with mitigating economic losses from the closure of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion plant has a lot of work to do.&nbsp; G-E is hoping to re-enrich spent uranium stored at the PGDP&nbsp;using laser technology.</p><p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 John Paul Henry 37388 at http://wkms.org PACRO Continues With Mission Despite DOE-GLE Negotiations PACRO Board Makes No Progress at Meeting Due to Lack of Quorum http://wkms.org/post/pacro-board-makes-no-progress-meeting-due-lack-quorum <p class="p1">Several items of business have been left undiscussed after the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization failed to achieve a quorum at Wednesday's meeting. The group which is charged with mitigating the effects of the Paducah gaseous diffusion plant shutdown missed discussion regarding updates about General Electric Hitatchi, and site clean-up funding.</p><p class="p2"> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:48:31 +0000 John Paul Henry 36750 at http://wkms.org PACRO Board Makes No Progress at Meeting Due to Lack of Quorum Leigh's Barbecue: A Business Born With Gaseous Diffusion Plant Keeps Cooking Despite Shutdown http://wkms.org/post/leighs-barbecue-business-born-gaseous-diffusion-plant-keeps-cooking-despite-shutdown <p></p><p>October brings the second round of layoffs at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. For local business owners, that is money out of their pockets. One local community staple, just down the road from the plant, has counted on those paychecks for generations.</p><p>Most any morning you can find Ray Leigh in the back of a green cinder block building tucked off the Old Highway 60 outside of Kevil, Kentucky.&nbsp;</p><p>There'll be smoke rising from out back, and he'll be cooking barbecue. Strictly old school, coal shoveled barbecue.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:07:33 +0000 John Paul Henry 35126 at http://wkms.org Leigh's Barbecue: A Business Born With Gaseous Diffusion Plant Keeps Cooking Despite Shutdown Mayor Kaler Replaces Hoover As PACRO Chair http://wkms.org/post/mayor-kaler-replaces-hoover-pacro-chair <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px;">Paducah Mayor Gayle </span>Kaler<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px;"> succeeded Jerry Hoover as chair of the Paducah Area Community Re-use Organization yesterday</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px;">, as the </span>PACRO<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px;"> board accepts Hoover's resignation and Paducah Economic Development's proposed administrator contract.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px;">The shakeup comes after the early retirement of </span>PACRO’S<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px;"> former executive director, the termination of the Purchase Area Development District administration, and Hoover’s resignation due to health concerns.&nbsp;&nbsp;In assuming the chair, </span>Kaler<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px;"> said she would like to see </span>PACRO<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px;"> become more effective, and learn from Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization.&nbsp;&nbsp;PED is basing much of its marketing and asset sale strategy on that group’s model.</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:53:00 +0000 John Paul Henry 34655 at http://wkms.org Mayor Kaler Replaces Hoover As PACRO Chair PED Plans Next Steps in PACRO Admin Takeover http://wkms.org/post/ped-plans-next-steps-pacro-admin-takeover <p>Chad Chancellor and the Paducah Economic Development are poised to step in as the new Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization administrator after a unanimous subcommittee vote Tuesday at the Commerce Center in Paducah.</p><p>The vote comes a week late after a PACRO subcommittee and the board broke a series of Kentucky Open Meetings and Open Records Laws, which rendered last week's meetings void.</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 21:53:51 +0000 John Paul Henry 34555 at http://wkms.org PED Plans Next Steps in PACRO Admin Takeover PACRO Takes No Action Due to Violating Open Meetings Law http://wkms.org/post/pacro-takes-no-action-due-violating-open-meetings-law <p></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 02:10:51 +0000 John Paul Henry 34451 at http://wkms.org PACRO Takes No Action Due to Violating Open Meetings Law PACRO Subcommittee Meets Behind Closed Doors to Discuss New Proposals http://wkms.org/post/pacro-subcommittee-meets-behind-closed-doors-discuss-new-proposals <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The federally funded group tasked with mitigating the effects of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant’s closure blocked the press from accessing much of its public meeting Wednesday as the committee members listened to two proposals about the organization’s administrative future. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>PACRO board members didn’t cite a specific statute related to Kentucky’s Open Meetings Law when removing members of the media, which the law requires. The board also didn’t issue a public agenda for the meeting, also required by law.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 03:31:14 +0000 Chad Lampe & John Paul Henry 34415 at http://wkms.org PACRO Subcommittee Meets Behind Closed Doors to Discuss New Proposals