Secretary Moniz questioned about Paducah's Gaseous Diffusion Plant


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

WASHINGTON - New details have come to light on the future of Paducah's gaseous diffusion plant.

The new Secretary of the Department of Energy says his office will review the proposals they have received for the facility.

The 1,100 workers at the Paducah, Kentucky plant wait anxiously as the Department of Energy decides whether to completely close the facility or allow another business to take over the plant.

USEC is already making moves to reduce its workforce in the coming months.

Thursday, Representative Ed Whitfield of Kentucky pressed Secretary Ernest Moniz about a long term solution for the plant.

Moniz agreed it is his department's policy to attempt to maintain the site.

"I can even reflect on the little history in terms of the history with the Portsmith plant where USEC ceased operations there in 2000. The plan, which I think is a good role model going forward for Paducah is we go into clean up, that prepares the way for decomissioning but on a parallel track we look for new business opportunities to use the site, people at the site, resources at the site," Moniz said.

Again, Moniz did tell the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Power that the Department of Energy has received several proposal from companies interested in the plant.  He adds they will review them before making a decision.