Cold War Patriots
12:17 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Paducah Man Works to Memorialize Cold War Patriots

The Cold War Patriots Memorial house.

Jonathan Hines is seeing to it that the Cold War Patriots, workers injured or killed in the Cold War nuclear industry, will be remembered here in Paducah. 

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1:51 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Global Laser Enrichment Could Bring New Laser-Based Technology to Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Site

Depleted uranium cylinders stored at PGDP
Credit Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy will begin negotiations with GE Hitachi's Global Laser Enrichment (GLE) for the sale of the depleted uranium hexafluoride inventory at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

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5:48 am
Thu November 21, 2013

PACRO Board Makes No Progress at Meeting Due to Lack of Quorum

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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8:29 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Union Layoffs Announced at Paducah Plant


The United States Enrichment Corporation notified twenty-four union members Monday of their last day working at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. 

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2:13 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Federal Subcontractors at PGDP Face Furloughs Due to Shutdown


Federally subcontracted cleanup workers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant are facing furloughs in the wake of a partial government shutdown.

Local United Steelworkers Union Vice President Jim Key says Swift & Staley mechanical workers received 51 furlough notices from the Department of Energy this month. 

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12:07 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Leigh's Barbecue: A Business Born With Gaseous Diffusion Plant Keeps Cooking Despite Shutdown

Ray Leigh, a third generation business owner, of Leigh's Barbecue in Kevil, Ky.
John Paul Henry

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.

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10:31 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

PACRO Subcommittee Meets Behind Closed Doors to Discuss New Proposals

Members of the PACRO Contract Negotiation Committee, including Mayor Gayle Kaler and Commissioner Sandra Wilson, center, at Wednesday's meeting.
Credit John Paul Henry

The federally funded group tasked with mitigating the effects of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant’s closure blocked the press from accessing much of its public meeting Wednesday as the committee members listened to two proposals about the organization’s administrative future.  

PACRO board members didn’t cite a specific statute related to Kentucky’s Open Meetings Law when removing members of the media, which the law requires. The board also didn’t issue a public agenda for the meeting, also required by law. 

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11:05 am
Fri August 16, 2013

DOE urged to move quickly on PGDP cleanup

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky's U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, along with 1st District U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield, are warning federal energy officials any delays in cleaning up the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site would endanger the region's health and economy.  The three Republicans sent a letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today urging that site cleanup begin and requesting another meeting.

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4:00 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Conway Asks DOE for More Funds on PGDP Site Cleanup

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.

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11:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Ashland, KY Journalist with Advice for Paducah on Bouncing Back from Tough Economy

Downtown Ashland
Credit Wikimedia Commons

USEC's shutdown of operations at the Paducah gaseous diffusion plant is underway; layoffs are slated to begin next month. Paducah and McCracken County will see a loss of about 12 hundred jobs, many high-skilled and high-paying.  Organizations and agencies there are addressing the problem, but it's perhaps useful to also consider the experience of another community that underwent a similar economic reverse 20 years ago. 

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