Local leaders make case for Paducah's gaseous diffusion plant


Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - David Dycus
Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Gathered inside Senator Mitch McConnell's office, McCracken County and Paducah, Kentucky leaders gave their pitch for keeping the gaseous diffusion plant open.

Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler is leading the charge to require the Department of Energy to pay for the cleanup.  She also wants the DOE to not wait on choosing the site's next operator, should there be one.

"We don't look at this as a door closed. We look at this as a door that can be opened" Mayor Kaler said.

McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry added, "There is a legacy our there."

Newberry says the Local 6 area's longterm loyalty to the site should be considered favorable to the DOE's future decision.  "They deserve that pension and that pension is to continue the mission," he said.

Congressman Ed Whitfield calls the DOE's failure to come up with a plan disheartening, but he told the group to keep fighting.

"This is an issue that we need to stay on top of every day," Congressman Whitfield said.

The future of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant could be made in the next 3 month.  Local 6's Robert Bradfield learned the DOE could make a decision by October.  That is a decision the local delegation has wanted to hear.