Questions follow USEC announcement
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - USEC Provides nearly 3,000 direct and indirect jobs, a significant source of county income, and they're a mainstay in the community. That's why many folks don't want to see the USEC go.
Tuesday the Department of Energy agreed to let USEC re-enrich some of the depleted uranium tails out at the site for one year.
An agreement estimated at saving taxpayers nearly $150,000,000 in clean up costs.
The worker Local 6 spoke with said the plant manager made the announcement over the loud speakers, that message was followed by applause and some folks literally jumped for joy.
Tuesday afternoon politicians exercised a little more restraint but certainly shared the sentiments. Everyone's happy USEC will be in Paducah for another year, but questions regarding what will happen after that are already popping up.
The Department of Energy owns the "tails," which is essentially old nuclear waste left out at the plant. They will transfer a portion of those tails to USEC and two other companies, and give them permission to re-enrich the tails. That project will last about a year.
Senator Paul also told us he'd like to see a nuclear power plant built at the Paducah site.