Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Congressman Ed Whitfield (KY-01) in a letter pressed Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz to release funding for ongoing cleanup and to expedite contracts for new cleanup activities at the DOE site in Paducah, Kentucky.
In the letter, the lawmakers urged DOE “to move as quickly as possible to release funds appropriated for this purpose in an effort to re-hire Kentuckians who have recently been laid-off and to hire employees to begin new cleanup work.”
“In addition to the ongoing cleanup efforts, we urge you to move as quickly as possible to execute the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract so that necessary work can begin on reclaiming the gaseous diffusion plant,” according to the letter. “In the interim, we ask the department to utilize all means available to begin necessary work that may be performed prior to the IDIQ contract’s execution. It is vitally important to the Paducah community that DOE continue ongoing cleanup and begin new work in a timely manner to ensure that experienced, highly-skilled workers do not leave the region.”
The lawmakers also called on DOE to make full decommissioning and deactivation at the site a priority in the upcoming fiscal year.
The McConnell, Paul, and Whitfield letter can be viewed at the following link: http://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=cece9c27-d397-414e-ba87-1ea21953eefa