Potential funding in budgets for Paducah’s Department of Energy site

The name on the sign in front of the Paducah Department of Energy site may change, but the need for funding remains the same. The federal government must assign and approve money every year to allow the cleanup, and therefore the employment, to continue. 

The U.S. House, Senate, and president must agree when they pass a budget and, as of now, the numbers are all different. Paducah Economic Development President Scott Darnell told Local 6, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The president’s budget includes $232 million for the site, the House $257 million, and the Senate sets aside $263 million. 

“The positive things. We’re going up, not down,” Darnell said. 

He calls the numbers fair, but said the bigger accomplishment will be to keep the funding coming in consistently 

“We’re keeping the dialogue open. This isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon,” Darnell said. “We’re going to have good years, and were going to have bad years.”

The funding will be secured when the federal budget passes by Oct. 1. 

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