Welcome

Thank you for visiting Paducahsun.com, online home of The Paducah Sun.

Calendar
June 2012
S M T W T F S
27 28 29 30 31 01 02

Click here to submit an event.

Legislators press DOE to release funds

BY LAUREL BLACKlblack@paducahsun.com

Three members of Congress have urged the U.S. Department of Energy to release funds for cleanup activities at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

In a letter dated Wednesday, U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, along with Congressman Ed Whitfield, urged DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz to release $265 million in funds appropriated in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 for ongoing and future cleanup operations at the plant.

"We urge you to move as quickly as possible to release funds appropriated for this purpose in an effort to rehire Kentuckians who have recently been laid off and to hire employees to begin new cleanup work," the letter reads.

The three officials also urged Moniz to move as quickly as possible to execute the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, or IDIQ, contract so work can begin on reclaiming the gaseous diffusion plant. They wrote that it is vital to the Paducah community that the DOE continue cleanup and begin new work to ensure that experienced workers do not leave the region.

"Should these workers leave the area, we feel the quality of the vital cleanup work at the site could suffer and potentially cost taxpayers more in the long run," the letter states.

The letter also recommends that a permanent DOE manager be hired for the Paducah site and asks that full decommissioning and decontamination of the gaseous diffusion plant be made a priority in the upcoming fiscal year.

The cleanup funding was included in a $1 trillion federal spending bill that passed in mid January. The omnibus bill provides $120 million for current cleanup at the site, according to the letter.

DOE contractor LATA Kentucky confirmed last week that $102 million was allotted for its part in the cleanup operations. The amount allowed it to hire 47 workers, with more job openings possible in the coming months for a total of about 95 jobs, LATA spokesman Joe Walker said.

The DOE allotted an additional $47 million for operations at a recycling facility for depleted uranium hexafluoride, as well as about $9.5 million to fund security and safeguards, for a total of about $321 million allocated to Paducah for the 2014 fiscal year.

Contact Laurel Black, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8641, or follow @LaurelFBlack on Twitter.

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Your comment has been submitted for approval
captcha a7b490d2f3204d27b248a4fc2c1e25a5
Top Classifieds
  • Labrador Pups $500 839-1198 Details
  • HAVANESE PUPS AKC Home Raised, Best H ... Details
  • Details
  • Lower town Condo w/ garage, Leslie He ... Details
  • Beautifully &Totally Renovated Co ... Details
  • House for SaleAurora, KY2 Bdr, Liv RM ... Details
  • SEEING is believing! Don't buy p ... Details
  • Hill Crest SubdivisionCorner Lot180x ... Details
  • AUTOMOVER SPECIAL6 lines - 14 dayson ... Details
  • Red 2013Ford Taurus Loaded30,000 + mi ... Details
  • 2007 NissanAltima Hybrid147,000 miles ... Details
  • Coachman Pop-Up Camper $1800 270-744- ... Details
  • Old Ford Backhoefixable or for parts2 ... Details

Most Popular
  1. Duplicate Bridge
  2. U.S. can't check ideals at the door
  3. BOGUS EU court decides no science required
  1. Trooper resigns over fuel card discrepancy
  2. Livingston County School Board member resigns during meeting
  3. Falling gas prices to fuel holiday trips
  1. Duplicate Bridge
  2. U.S. can't check ideals at the door
  3. BOGUS EU court decides no science required
Discussion

Check out these recently discussed stories and voice your opinion...