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Kentucky's 'Atomic City' cleared a hurdle this week with the U.S. Department of Energy to sell depleted uranium from a former enrichment plant to re-enrich at a future nearby facility. A one-billion dollar GE-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment facility will re-enrich tails left in the cylinders at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in McCracken County.

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Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton and Hickman county's governments are splitting an $84,000 economic study aimed at bringing jobs back to the Mississippi River-bordering counties of western Kentucky.

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The Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization (PACRO) has offered an up to $664,000 loan to a Paducah couple who are developing a Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant to anchor the city’s former Coke plant.

Paducah Laser Enrichment Plant Project Moves Forward

May 22, 2014
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The Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization is progressing with GE Hitachi’s plans to construct a laser enrichment facility.

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With a lay-off looming of around 360 workers at Paducah’s United States Enrichment Corporation plant, the Purchase-Area Community Reuse Organization  (PACRO) continues to fight for $175m in funding from the DOE for site cleanup to put people to work.

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The director of the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization, or PACRO, says negotiations are going well between the U.S. Department of Energy and General Electric-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment for use of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site.

Charlie Martin said the two parties have had multiple meetings in Lexington, Ky. and Washington D.C. since beginning negotiations in November and thinks an agreement will be reached soon.

PACRO Continues With Mission Despite DOE-GLE Negotiations

Dec 27, 2013
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Despite ongoing negotiations between G-E Hitachi and the Department of Energy the group tasked with mitigating economic losses from the closure of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion plant has a lot of work to do.  G-E is hoping to re-enrich spent uranium stored at the PGDP using laser technology.

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Several items of business have been left undiscussed after the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization failed to achieve a quorum at Wednesday's meeting. The group which is charged with mitigating the effects of the Paducah gaseous diffusion plant shutdown missed discussion regarding updates about General Electric Hitatchi, and site clean-up funding.

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October brings the second round of layoffs at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. For local business owners, that is money out of their pockets. One local community staple, just down the road from the plant, has counted on those paychecks for generations.

Most any morning you can find Ray Leigh in the back of a green cinder block building tucked off the Old Highway 60 outside of Kevil, Kentucky. 

There'll be smoke rising from out back, and he'll be cooking barbecue. Strictly old school, coal shoveled barbecue.

Mayor Kaler Replaces Hoover As PACRO Chair

Sep 6, 2013
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Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler succeeded Jerry Hoover as chair of the Paducah Area Community Re-use Organization yesterday, as the PACRO board accepts Hoover's resignation and Paducah Economic Development's proposed administrator contract. 

 

The shakeup comes after the early retirement of PACRO’S former executive director, the termination of the Purchase Area Development District administration, and Hoover’s resignation due to health concerns.  In assuming the chair, Kaler said she would like to see PACRO become more effective, and learn from Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization.  PED is basing much of its marketing and asset sale strategy on that group’s model.

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