Kentucky Congressional Delegation Asks DOE for Decision on Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

May 13, 2013


Members of the Kentucky Congressional delegation are giving Department of Energy leaders until June 14th to develop a long-term plan for the future of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

Republican Sen.s Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul alongside Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield sent a letter to Acting DOE Secretary Daniel Poneman Monday asking for a decision on that date and an update on the plant’s status as early as next week.

The lawmakers called the nuclear enrichment site west of Paducah an economic driver. The plant’s future in western Kentucky has been uncertain this year, and the Kentucky legislators say any action by the DOE to close the operation would be “unacceptable.”