Whitfield: $265M secured for cleanup of Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield announced Thursday that he has secured more than $265 million for cleanup and transitional costs at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
Whitfield's announcement comes one day after Paducah and McCracken County leaders met with him, Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and energy officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss the plant's future.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced in late May it would not renew its contract with USEC to continue operations at the facility. The move potentially affects 1,100 jobs as leaders attempt to find a new company to take over operations at the plant. Layoffs are scheduled to begin in August and continue into 2014.
The funding comes from the Fiscal Year 2014 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. The bill is part of 13 annual appropriations bills that fund the entire federal government. All 13 bills must be enacted prior to the start of a new fiscal year, which begins October 1.
A statement from Whitfield is below:
“The Paducah community has long endured the hardships associated with uranium enrichment at the Paducah DOE site. I will continue doing all that I can to ensure the federal government fulfills its commitment to complete the legacy cleanup at the site. While this funding is an important step, there is still much work that must be done to secure more money to ensure that the gaseous diffusion plant is properly decommissioned and decontaminated in a timely fashion. I will also continue pressuring DOE to reindustrialize that site by providing them with the necessary support needed to accelerate reindustrialization through the request for offers process.”