HILLSBORO, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky officials say $35.2 million in funding is now in place to start the closure of Maxey Flats nuclear disposal facility in the northeastern part of the state.
The state purchased the site 35 years ago and has been working to shut it down and ensure its long-term care and safety since. Maxey Flats operated as a commercial disposal dump for radioactive waste from 1962 to 1977.
The funding allows the state to purchase property that will allow for the increased distance between the restricted areas of the site and the public, and reduce potential for public exposure.
Gov. Steve Beshear says construction should start in 2014 for a cap on the site with the work to be completed by 2016.