Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Environment
5:12 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Conway Says If Necessary, He'll Sue to Make Sure Feds Clean up Contamination at Paducah Plant

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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.

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.

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Local News
4:45 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Beshear Meets With U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz on Future of Paducah Plant

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says his meeting with the new U-S Department of Energy Secretary was a “productive exchange.”

Beshear met with Secretary Ernest Moniz today regarding the uncertain future of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and its 1,100 workers.

The United States Enrichment Corporation is in the shutdown process at the DOE owned plant after failing negotiate a new federal contract. 

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Environment
3:20 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Will Close at End of Month

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The U.S. Department of Energy has rejected a proposal that would have extended operations at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

For about 60 years, the plant has processed uranium for use in nuclear power plants. Last May, it was scheduled for closure, but a new agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Energy Northwest pushed back the planned shutdown date.

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Environment
12:02 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Whitfield Chosen to Help Craft GOP Policy on Energy, Environment

First District Congressman Ed Whitfield has been tapped to lead a subcommittee at the Republican National Convention later this month, where he’ll help shape the Republican party’s stance on energy issues.

Whitfield is the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power. During his time in that position, he’s lead efforts to keep the uranium enrichment plant in Paducah open and stop the federal government from regulating coal ash.

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Environment
5:55 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

New Law Opens Loopholes for Nuclear Energy in Kentucky

On paper, Kentucky has a ban on nuclear power plants. That’s still the case. But a new law opens up new ways for nuclear energy to be used in the Commonwealth.

One of the things House Bill 559 allows is the re-enrichment of depleted uranium tails. But the legislation doesn’t go very far to help the one facility in the state that has been waiting for federal approval to re-enrich uranium tools.

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