KY Leaders Issue USEC Statement
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - Kentucky US Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, and KY US Rep. Ed Whitfield, today released a joint statement regarding a letter sent to the Department of Energy last year regarding the reindustrialization of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
"Last year we fought hard to save the federal government money and preserve 1,200 jobs at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Now it is time for the DOE to come up with a long-term plan that will maximize job retention and growth for the foreseeable future. We refuse to stand idly by while DOE runs out the clock on potential private sector job investment that would create jobs here in Paducah."
"We also made clear to the department that we will refuse any proposal to move teh depleted uranium tails out of state, which would only transfer econonic development that may result from them elsewhere. We will continue to urge DOE to come up with a solution that is in the best interest of the people of Paducah and the taxpayers as a whole."
The trio attempted to work with former Energy Secretary Steven Chu for an extended period of time in coming up with a plan for the Paducah site, but all three say they were unsuccessful in convincing Chu to actively look into possible uses for the site.