Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Congressman Ed Whitfield (KY-01) today released the following statement regarding General Electric's (GE) request for offer (RFO) submittal being selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) at the Paducah DOE Site. The announcement follows the delegation's November 14th meeting with DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz in which they pressed for a final decision to be made.
"When it became clear that DOE would ultimately close the Gaseous Diffusion Plant, we aggressively sought out partners with Paducah's long-term economic interests in mind. Specifically, we worked to ensure the Paducah community would be the benefactor of any future development using the DOE-owned depleted uranium tails. GE made a commitment to Paducah early on, and we are pleased that Global Laser Enrichment has been chosen to lead Paducah -- our proud Atomic City -- into an exciting chapter involving state-of-the-art laser enrichment technology.
"We have been encouraged by GE's commitment to Paducah. It is our understanding that GE proposes to invest over $1 billion to create a state-of-the-art laser enrichment facility at the DOE site that will create thousands of construction jobs, and hundreds of permanent jobs at a future GE facility. From a national perspective, the proposal seeks to save the federal government money in cost reduction and revive the U.S. domestic nuclear supply chain while likely generating billions of dollars in new tax revenues for the local, state, and federal government.
"Paducah is a proud city, and we are thrilled GE has placed its confidence in the people of Paducah to host this new state-of-the-art facility. Paducah has a bright future ahead, and we are genuinely grateful to be a part of it."