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The Department of Energy is pulling funding from a central Illinois project that’s been heralded as the future of clean coal technology saying it can’t be completed before the initial deadline.

The project explores carbon capture and sequestration. Spokesman Lawrence Pacheco says without the federal funding the FutureGen Industrial Alliance project in Morgan County cannot go on.


The Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization expects the U.S. Department of Energy to spend about $359 million on the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant cleanup for 2015.

PACRO Director Charlie Martin says $89 million left over from last year will roll over to join the 2015 allocation of $270 million dollars. He says this is higher than what DOE generally allocates annually to the PGDP cleanup, which is good for PACRO.

Workers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant are demolishing the last of 32 inactive facilities scheduled for removal as part of cleanup at the PGDP site.  The U.S. Department of Energy reports the C-410 Feed Plant will be razed to a slab by this fall, ridding the site of a structure contaminated with asbestos and the low-level radioactive compound uranium hexafluoride, or UF-6.

GE Hitachi's Global Laser Enrichment is seeking approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to use the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

GLE has been in negotiations with the Department of Energy since late November for use of the site and the depleted uranium stored there.

The company federally-contracted to clean up the site of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant notified 91 workers of layoffs Monday.

LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky notified 79 union workers from the United Steelworkers Local 550, as well as 12 salaried workers.

Wednesday marked the final day for companies to respond to the Department of Energy’s request for offers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, formerly operated by the United States Enrichment Corporation.

General Electric-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment and International Isotopes are two of the companies that showed interest in the site.

The Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization or PACRO is working with union and economic development officials to garner support for soon to be unemployed workers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. USEC announced last week it won't continue it's enriching process at the Department of Energy owned site. 

Purchase Area Development District Special Projects Coordinator Mary-Anne Medlock said workers will soon receive a survey to help understand the plant's demographics to aid in an seeking an emergency grant from the Department of Labor.

The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking proposals from companies for the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant to try to cut costs while preserving some or all of the 1,200 jobs at the the uranium enrichment site.

An emailed release from the DOE details a formal request for proposals from companies that want to lease or purchase the facility for commercial purposes.

USEC Worker Helps Save Paducah Jobs

Dec 4, 2012

Funds from the Kentucky Department of Energy and Environment will help pay for a United States Enrichment Corporation employee who will work with Paducah Economic Development officials to help save jobs at the city’s gaseous diffusion plant.  The McCracken County Fiscal Court voted last night to accept the $75,000 to pay travel and other expenses over the next year for USEC employee Charlie Martin.  McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry says USEC will continue to pay Martin’s salary while he researches ways to keep local people working at the plant.


The Department of Energy recently hosted a two day workshop  in Paducah to meet with a variety of regional and global company leaders on the prospects of reindustrializing the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion plant. The DOE owns the PGPD and leases it to companies.

Currently, the United States Enrichment Corporation or USEC leases the facility to re-enrich uranium for power plants with the help of 1,200 employees. USEC’s operations are scheduled to end in May 2013.