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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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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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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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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.

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The McCracken County Fiscal Court is still considering whether to take over the administrative role of the Paducah-Area Community Reuse Organization, or PACRO. 

At last night’s meeting, magistrates discussed a 150,000-dollar plan to manage the organization that seeks to mitigate the effects of the closure of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. But Judge-Executive Van Newberry says magistrates need more time to consider the proposal. 

West Kentucky Community and Technical College President Dr. Barbara Veazey visits Sounds Good during today’s second hour. Dr. Veazey gives us an overview of WKCTC’s housing a transition center to support workers during the USEC closure. Also, the continued growth of the Paducah School of Art and Design and a look at modular online learning, and WKCTC's second consecutive ranking at one of the nation's Top 10 community colleges by The Aspen Institute - and what that means for the school and community.

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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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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.

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The organization seeking to minimize the loss of more than a thousand workers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant is rushing to replace its administrator and executive director. Little more than a week ago, the Paducah-Area Community Reuse Organization, or PACRO, was informed it would lose its administrative organization at the heels of Executive Director John Anderson’s early retirement. Yesterday, executive committee members called this situation an emergency and unanimously agreed to exempt a competitive search for new administration.

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