Company Meets with Paducah, State About Plant
By AP/WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - A private company is looking at re-enriching depleted uranium at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant using laser technology.
Local officials attended a proposal meeting Tuesday with company representatives considering the project.
Officials from General Electric Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment met with leaders from Paducah, the state and labor unions about bringing up to 400 jobs back to the plant, which is in the midst of shutting down.
Paducah Economic Development President Chad Chancellor told The Paducah Sun if the project comes to fruition, it could significantly soften the blow of layoffs coming to the majority of the plant's roughly 1,100 workers.
U.S. Department of Energy spokesman Tim Echelard says that all companies interested in developing at the site or utilizing assets or property must respond to a request for offers that the department issued at the beginning of July.
The DOE received more than 10 responses to the EOI and they have until August 14 to respond to a RFO. When the window closes to responses, the department will review and make a decision on which they will begin negotiations. An agreement is expected by early 2014.
The USEC work force is a huge factor for GE representatives because they are already trained to handle uranium.