Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant http://wfpl.org en Conway Says If Necessary, He'll Sue to Make Sure Feds Clean up Contamination at Paducah Plant http://wfpl.org/post/conway-says-if-necessary-hell-sue-make-sure-feds-clean-contamination-paducah-plant <p>Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says he wants to make sure the federal government honors its obligations to clean up the contaminated Paducah Gaseous Diffusion plant.</p><p>The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant has been a uranium enrichment plant for more than 60 years. It’s also a federal Superfund site, thanks to the contamination from said enrichment. And now, the plant’s operator has announced plans to begin shutting the site down.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:12:25 +0000 Erica Peterson 6361 at http://wfpl.org Conway Says If Necessary, He'll Sue to Make Sure Feds Clean up Contamination at Paducah Plant Beshear Meets With U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz on Future of Paducah Plant http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-meets-us-energy-secretary-moniz-future-paducah-plant <p>Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says his meeting with the new U-S Department of Energy Secretary was a “productive exchange.”</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beshear met with Secretary Ernest </span>Moniz<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;today regarding the uncertain future of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and its 1,100 workers.</span></p><p>The United States Enrichment Corporation is in the shutdown process at the DOE owned plant after failing negotiate a new&nbsp;federal contract.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:45:52 +0000 Rick Howlett 6046 at http://wfpl.org Beshear Meets With U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz on Future of Paducah Plant Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Will Close at End of Month http://wfpl.org/post/paducah-gaseous-diffusion-plant-will-close-end-month <p>The U.S. Department of Energy has rejected a proposal that would have extended operations at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.</p><p>For about 60 years, the plant has processed uranium for use in nuclear power plants. <a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2012/05/15/new-agreement-contract-will-keep-paducah-uranium-plant-open-for-one-more-year/" target="_blank">Last May, it was scheduled for closure</a>, but a new agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Energy Northwest pushed back the planned shutdown date.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 19:20:28 +0000 Erica Peterson & The Associated Press 5540 at http://wfpl.org Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Will Close at End of Month Whitfield Chosen to Help Craft GOP Policy on Energy, Environment http://wfpl.org/post/whitfield-chosen-help-craft-gop-policy-energy-environment <p>First District Congressman Ed Whitfield <a href="http://gop.com/news/press-releases/rnc-announces-convention-platform-subcommittee-chairs/" target="_blank">has been tapped to lead a subcommittee </a>at the Republican National Convention later this month, where he&rsquo;ll help shape the Republican party&rsquo;s stance on energy issues.</p><p>Whitfield is the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power. During his time in that position, he&rsquo;s lead efforts to keep the uranium enrichment plant in Paducah open and stop the federal government from regulating coal ash.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:02:46 +0000 Erica Peterson 1275 at http://wfpl.org Whitfield Chosen to Help Craft GOP Policy on Energy, Environment New Law Opens Loopholes for Nuclear Energy in Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/new-law-opens-loopholes-nuclear-energy-kentucky <p>On paper, Kentucky has a ban on nuclear power plants. That&rsquo;s still the case. But a new law opens up new ways for nuclear energy to be used in the Commonwealth.<br /><br />One of the things House Bill 559 allows is the re-enrichment of depleted uranium tails. But the legislation doesn&rsquo;t go very far to help the one facility in the state that has been waiting for federal approval to re-enrich uranium tools.<br /> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:55:25 +0000 Erica Peterson 37 at http://wfpl.org New Law Opens Loopholes for Nuclear Energy in Kentucky