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Statement from Sens. Paul, McConnell and Rep. Whitfield on Paducah Site

July 22, 2014 in Politics & Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Congressman Ed Whitfield today released the following statement regarding the Department of Energy announcing its award for cleanup at the Paducah site – otherwise known as the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract.’Last year we fought hard to secure funding for the deactivation of the gaseous diffusion plant and environmental cleanup at the Paducah site and since then have pushed DOE to expedite this contract so vital cleanup work may begin. We are pleased that DOE has responded by awarding the IDIQ contract for deactivation of the gaseous diffusion plant, which we hope will create job opportunities in the community. While the IDIQ award is a positive development, there is more work to be done to ensure full cleanup at the site is completed in a safe and timely manner. For this reason, today, we are sending a letter to Secretary Moniz urging that DOE begin IDIQ work now and commit to long-term cleanup efforts as well.’Recent action taken by the Kentucky Congressional Delegation on behalf of Paducah:

McConnell, Paul and Whitfield Urge DOE to Release Cleanup Funding for Paducah
Whitfield Presses Energy Secretary on Paducah Cleanup Efforts (video)
McConnell Advocates on Behalf of Paducah to DOE Secretary (video)
McConnell, Paul and Whitfield Urge DOE to move quickly implementing the contract

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