The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant agreed to a power contract with Tennessee Valley Authority through September. United States Enrichment Corporation spokesman Paul Jacobson says the contract extension will allow them to operate safely, even if they aren’t enriching uranium at the plant.

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USEC Implements Cuts

Apr 26, 2012

The company that operates the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion plant says it's cutting spending and implementing layoffs at two of its locations around the country.

The United States Enrichment Corporation's headquarters in Bethesda, MD is freezing salaries, hiring, as well as undergoing a 10% staff reduction. Spokesman Paul Jacobson says these changes are a result of shifts in the national and global market.


As the end of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant’s TVA utility contract nears, the plant’s operators are still searching for ways to keep the plant open for the foreseeable future. The plant’s current TVA contract expires at the end of May. United States Enrichment Corporation officials are negotiating new terms to provide a better market for their services and allow them to continue operations. USEC's Paducah Plant Spokesperson Georgann Lookofsky says the new contract is just one of several problems they need to solve to keep the plant running.  She says,


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Kentucky lawmakers are set to pass a bill with the hope it will help a uranium enrichment plant in Paducah create new operations.

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Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield says a bill to allow re-enrichment of uranium at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant has reached a stalemate in Washington.