PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says U.S. Department of Energy officials will request an additional $35 million for cleanup of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion site, bringing the total spent for Fiscal Year 2014 to $177 million. 

Conway told members of Paducah’s Community Task Force today that Deputy DOE Secretary Daniel Poneman informed him of the request at their meeting in Washington on July.  However, Conway says he doesn’t think the money allocated so far is enough.

USEC Worker Uncertain about Future

Aug 2, 2013
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The first round of United States Enrichment Corporation layoffs is expected later this month, and means hundreds of area residents with uncertain futures.

There is now a local effort to ease workers’ transitions from the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and brighten their futures.

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The Paducah-Area Community Reuse Organization, or PACRO, Executive Committee is entering into administrative contract negotiations with the McCracken County Fiscal Court.

PACRO, which is designed to help mitigate the effects of the closure at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, voted to accept the county’s proposal and a five-person committee will now await the Fiscal Court’s approval for negotiations to occur. 

Attorney General Jack Conway says there could be legal ramifications if the Department of Energy fails to cleanup the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. 

Conway met with two senior Department of Energy officials earlier today to discuss cleanup at the site. The visit comes on the heels of a similar meeting between Gov. Steve Beshear and DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.  

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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.”

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