PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The head of a group monitoring a move to revitalize and reuse the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant says a contract with the federal government remains under review by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization Executive Director Charlie martin says the Energy Department has yet to decide between two contractors, Fluor Corporation and AECOM, who want to work on the plant.
Martin says either contractor is expected to hire many former United States Enrichment Corp. workers for the cleanup.
"We've encouraged them (DOE) any way we can to issue the contract," Martin said, of his organization's efforts. "That's the vehicle that will create jobs."
Martin told The Paducah Sun (http://bit.ly/1n21Myk ) PACRO is in regular contact with the Energy Department and the state's congressional delegation to stay abreast of any developments.
Congress approved approximately $271 million for the site cleanup in fiscal year 2014.
The Obama administration has proposed a cleanup budget of $207 million for Paducah in fiscal 2015, Martin said.
Last November, the DOE announced it was dealing exclusively with Global Laser Enrichment to utilize the plant's assets for future operations. PACRO is hopeful that arrangement will be finalized soon, too.
"We try to follow it," Martin said of the negotiations. "We keep being told by DOE and GLE that it is moving forward. There's not anything we or the community can do to speed that up."
Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com