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Fish and Wildlife resolution would provide land for laser enrichment site

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The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission on Friday passed a resolution that would allow the governor's office to move ahead with a project proposed for land adjacent to the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

The department of fish and wildlife services was in charge of overseeing the 665-acre tract, which is owned by the commonwealth.

It had been used for hunting, horseback riding and other outdoor activities, District 1 Commissioner Terry Teitloff said.

He said the resolution was the first hurdle the state governor's office had to overcome in order to move forward with the project.

Kerri Richardson, communications director for Gov. Steve Beshear, said the resolution was related to plans by GE-Hitachi to construct and operate the Global Laser Enrichment project on the tract.

A Feb. 28 statement from the governor announced that he had met with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and that plans for the site were moving ahead, but did not provide details about the land or the requirements necessary to secure it. 

"We're still a long way from being ready to go on that land tract," Richardson said. "It's the first step in a long process."

Approval for construction of the new plant is requested by November 2016, according to a Jan. 20 letter of intent from GLE to the NRC.

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