Government
4:45 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Paducah Laser Enrichment Plant Project Moves Forward

The Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization is progressing with GE Hitachi’s plans to construct a laser enrichment facility.

Earlier this year, Gov. Steve Beshear gave the go-ahead for GE’s subsidiary Global Laser Enrichment to build across from the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

PACRO Executive Director Charles Martin says the organization is negotiating with the department of energy and state officials.

“We had discussions both with the department of energy and with the state of Kentucky on finalizing the asset transfer agreement with the department from DOE for the depleted UF 6 (uranium hexaflouride), which they would use as feeding material in that plant,” Martin said.

There are thousands of cylinders containing UF 6 on the PGDP site.

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In a meeting this week PACRO members also voted to pay Fluor Corp. $24,000 as part of an ongoing re-use site study.

The organization also approved a loan to Paducah Economic Development for an unannounced project.