Paducah plant deactivation deal awarded

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Associated Press

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 23 at 8:01 AM

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a three-year, approximately $420 million order to Fluor Federal Services Inc. to clean up and prepare the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant for future operations.

The department said in a news release Tuesday the order includes hiring preferences for the available skilled labor force.

A statement from U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield said they sent a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz asking the agency to begin the transitioning work now and commit to long-term cleanup efforts too.

The government-owned uranium enrichment plant was built in the 1950s and operated by the DOE and predecessors to support commercial and military nuclear reactors and weapons development activities. The facilities were leased to the United States Enrichment Corp. in 1993, and DOE is preparing for return of the facilities.

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