USEC Shutdown Prompts Local Governments In Clean-Up Effort And Development

Jun 25, 2013

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The Paducah City Commission and McCracken County Fiscal Court are drafting a joint resolution to the Department of Energy concerning the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The resolution would request the clean up of the site, the elimination CERLA waste cell construction plans, and the development of the site especially in regard to the Expressions of Interest.

The decision to draft the resolution came out of a meeting of the two bodies last night.  Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler said the Citizens Action Committee has been meeting each Monday for the past few weeks to discuss plans for the site. On May 24 the United States Enrichment Corporation announced it had not reached a deal to extend the uranium enrichment operations at the Paducah plant beyond contracts that expired in May. USEC leases the plant from the DOE.  The Paducah plant is the only U.S-owned and operated uranium enrichment facility in the United States