Workers at Paducah's Gaseous Diffusion Plant will remain employed for at least the next 60 days as United States Enrichment Corporation officials continue discussions regarding future operations. USEC Spokesperson Paul Jacobson says the company has not yet decided on what kind of workforce it will leave behind. The plant currently employs around 1100 people.
“We’re in the process right of determining what our future activities are going to be at that plant and what our workforce needs are going to be," Jacobson said. "We haven’t reached those conclusions yet. Once we have determined the future workload then we will provide the appropriate notices to the employees that could be affected.”
Under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act, the U.S. Department of Labor requires all employers with 100 or more employees to provide notifications 60 calendar days in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs. Jacobson would not give any guarantee as to when a workforce decision would be made, but would only say that USEC is exploring many different options. Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield confirms there are six proposals pending from different companies with DOE to operate the massive uranium enrichment facility if USEC operations cease.