FRANKFORT Ky. (Nov. 27, 2013) – Gov. Steve Beshear released this statement about today’s Department of Energy (DOE) action regarding future use of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant:
“Today’s news that DOE will begin negotiations with Global Laser Enrichment to consider operating a new laser enrichment facility at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant is a positive development in our long effort to ensure a promising future for the workers at that facility. This is a strong step toward energizing that sector of our economy, while providing economic stability and investment for the Paducah community.
While negotiations are yet to come and a great deal of work remains, I am cautiously optimistic regarding this new effort. As I stressed during my meeting with Secretary Moniz earlier in the summer, the companies that are ready and willing to create economic opportunities at the site need timely answers, and so do our valued and skilled workers in Paducah.
“I deeply appreciate that DOE heeded my recommendation to speed up the decision making process, and announced this step today a month ahead of their original schedule. I have also emphasized the importance of keeping the tails in Paducah for future economic growth and jobs, and I will continue to stress the necessity of quick action on site cleanup and other decisions regarding the area’s viability.
The state will be at the table during these upcoming negotiations to provide any necessary permits and reviews to support an expedited conclusion.”