With one-thousand United State's Enrichment Corporation employees soon to lose their jobs,the organization that seeks to limit the negative impact of the plant's closure has an uncertain future of its own.
USEC is in the shutdown process at Paducah's Gaseous Diffusion Plant after failing to reach a new lease agreement with the Department Engergy which owns the plant.
The government created the Paducah-Area Community Reuse Organization or PACRO to prepare the region for a plant shutdown and related economic impact.
The group that has administered PACRO is cutting its ties for a variety of reasons.
Now the group's executive committee must decide who will provide those services in the future. PACRO Board Chair Jerry Hoover says the executive committee will hire a new administrator in the coming weeks. He says PACRO's success is dependent on the committee remembering its goal.
“We want to minimize the impact of that place being closed, and, if possible, find some kind of company that would reuse that facility in a way that would use these highly trained workers," he said.
PACRO is also without an executive director . The first round of layoffs at the PGPD are expected next month.