LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's U.S. senators and a congressman are warning federal energy officials that a delay in cleaning up a uranium enrichment plant being shut down in western Kentucky would endanger the region's health and economy.
Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Rep. Ed Whitfield sent a letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Friday urging the cleanup to start at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and requesting another meeting with him. They're concerned the Energy Department might put the plant in "surveillance and maintenance" status.
The plant's operator announced in May it was ceasing operations. The plant has employed more than 1,000 workers.
The first round of layoffs, affecting 160 workers, took effect Friday. More layoffs are expected in October.
Kentucky officials are pushing DOE to find a new plant operator.