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Wed March 20, 2013

USEC Proposes Staying at Paducah Enrichment Plant

Credit Department of Energy

The United States Enrichment Corporation and several other companies have sent proposals to the Department of Energy to continue enriching uranium at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. USEC is currently operating at the plant but is scheduled to end its work there May 31. USEC spokesperson Paul Jacobson says the corporation is discussing a several month extension at the plant, but that doesn’t change its statement that the high costs and old technology makes continuing commercial endeavors beyond 2013 difficult.

Missouri-based Ameren Inc. and the Tennessee Valley Authority have also sent proposals to the DOE for future uses of the Paducah plant. Neither group gave any details on what those plans would entail.