Paducah delegation attends Washington, D.C. meetings on future of gaseous diffusion plant


Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz sat down with members of Paducah, Kentucky's Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning in Washington, D.C.

It's our local delegation's first one-on-one meeting with Moniz.

The main topics of discussion were finding a long-term solution for private sector development and accelerating cleanup activities at the gaseous diffusion plant.

Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler and others also met with Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, addressing the need for continued work at the site.

Congressman Ed Whitfield was also there and told Local 6 he thinks Secretary Moniz understands the importance of making a decision soon.

"I think we have known for awhile that with a large number of jobs at USEC, any successor or company may not be able to obtain that level of employment, but I think the sec of energy is very much aware of the need to expedite this," Congressman Whitfield said.

Congressman Whitfield says Moniz has not indicated when a decision on the future of the plant will be made.

Whitfield plans to meet with the energy secretary the week of September 30 to request a status update.