U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke at a ribbon cutting ceremony today at the U.S. Department of Energy headquarters to unveil a new permanent display on the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP). During the event, Senator McConnell thanked Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler, McCracken County Judge Executive Bob Leeper and members of the Paducah community, who also attended the event, for their commitment to the city of Paducah and to the workers at the PGDP.
“I want to thank all of my friends from Paducah for making this ceremony possible. And I thank the Department and Secretary Moniz for hosting this permanent display,” Senator McConnell said. “For generations, patriotic Western Kentuckians have advanced our country’s national security and energy security by never shying away from a challenge. By enriching uranium for national defense—and later for civilian purposes—workers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant frequently executed dangerous tasks as they contributed to America’s success in the Cold War.
“I am proud to have continued the work of Alben Barkley, Kentucky’s first U.S. Senate Majority Leader, in supporting the workers—and the mission—at this important facility. I know the critical role that the plant and the region have played in keeping our nation safe and I will continue to work—along with my colleagues in the Congressional delegation—to ensure the government’s long-term environmental responsibilities at the site are met.
“This permanent display is a testament to the Paducah community and to the generations of Kentucky workers at the plant who have been proud to support our country.”