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At least two companies are preparing to respond to Department of Energy requests for offers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

General Electric-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment and International Isotopes Incorporated are among a list of ten companies that showed initial interest, and have until Aug. 14 to complete a formal offer for the DOE.

Paducah's Mayor is tight lipped about three entities that could take over management of the Paducah-Community Reuse Organization (PACRO).

The search committee met this morning in a closed meeting to find an administrator for the organization that's designed to mitigate the effects of impending layoffs at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion plant. 


U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, said he's secured $265 million dollars from an Energy and Water federal spending bill for clean up of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, but that measure still has to pass the Senate. The announcement came in a press release from his office Thursday.

The United States Enrichment Corporation’s impending shutdown at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant isn’t surprising following months of uncertainty regarding a contract extension with plant owner, the Department of Energy. 

But, what has come as a surprise is the now uncertain future of the organization designed to mitigate the economic effects of the thousand-employee plant’s closure.

After meeting Monday with new U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters said he is hopeful for a good start on deactivation of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant this year, with decontamination beginning in fiscal year 2015.

The United States Enrichment Corporation is in the shutdown process at the DOE-owned plant after failing to negotiate a new federal contract.

Gov. Steve Beshear met with new U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Monday,  regarding the uncertain future of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and its 1,100 workers.

Beshear called his meeting with Moniz  a “productive exchange.”

An expiring contract to turn Russian nuclear warhead uranium to power plant fuel is prompting Paducah’s steelworkers union to file for a federal assistance program.

If granted, it would help the thousands of United States Enrichment Corporation workers facing unemployment in the coming months.

PACRO to Seek New Administrator, Director

Jul 2, 2013

With one-thousand United State's Enrichment Corporation employees soon to lose their jobs,the organization that seeks to limit the negative impact of the plant's closure has an uncertain future of its own. 

USEC is in the shutdown process at Paducah's Gaseous Diffusion Plant after failing to reach a new lease agreement with the Department Engergy which owns the plant.  

The government created the Paducah-Area Community Reuse Organization or PACRO to prepare the region for a plant shutdown and related economic impact.

The Purchase Area Development District is ending administrative services for an organization designed to ease the economic impact of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant's shutdown. The United States Enrichment Corporation ended its 1,000-employee operation at the Paducah plant in May. 

PADD officials say, in press release,  they've ended their services with  the Paducah-Area Reuse Organization because its mission will likely change.

USEC Continuing Shutdown

Jun 19, 2013
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  The United State Enrichment Corporation is at work shutting down its operations at Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The shutdown comes after losing a federal contract to continue uranium enrichment operations at the Department of Energy owned site.