USEC and Department of Energy discussing extending deadline to turn off power


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

PADUCAH, Ky. - USEC and the Tennssee Valley Authority are discussing the possibility of extending enrichment operations beyond a planned May deadline. That's according to The Paducah Sun.

The deadline for turning off the power is currently set at May 31.

The plant uses large amounts of electricity and extending the contract with the TVA would ensure USEC has that power if it needs it. It would not, however, guarantee that USEC will buy that energy.

More than 1,000 local residents work at the USEC plant and hundreds of jobs will be lost when it shuts down. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield and Sen. Mitch McConnell are meeting with the Department of Energy officials trying to ensure the community can recruit a new company to replace USEC.