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Paducah's Republican/Democrat Want to End State Moratorium on Nuclear Power

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Both of Paducah’s state legislators are working on bills to lift Kentucky’s nuclear moratorium this upcoming legislative session.  

Republican State Sen. Danny Carroll says he’s working on a measure lifting the ban on construction of nuclear reactors within the state.  

A bill to eliminating the ban passed the Senate last session but stalled in the House.  

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant is currently in clean-up procedures after the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) ceased uranium enrichment two years ago.  

Credit Dylan Nichols / LATA Kentucky
LATA Kentucky
Clean up crews at PGDP

Carroll says the construction of a modular reactor at the site would help recoup some of the more than 1,000 jobs lost in the 2013 shutdown.

“We do have a lot of jobs as far as clean up goes, but the reality of that is those jobs will go away at some point so it’s important for us to start building towards the future," said Carroll. 

Carroll says he would like to see the move restore credibility to Paducah’s former nickname. 

“Paducah has always been known as 'The Atomic City' since USEC was first built during the Cold War, and if we’re able to bring in the small modular reactors we just hope that there’s business that comes along with that, allows us to retain good paying jobs for the folks in this region," said Carroll. 

3rd District Democratic Rep. Gerald Watkins is drafting a similar bill for the House

Kentucky currently has no nuclear reactors.  After the PGDP’s closure, the only other facility to handle radioactive material is the waste disposal site in Maxey Flats.  

The 2016 legislative session begins January 5th. 

Rob Canning is a native of Murray, KY, a 2015 TV Production grad of Murray State. At MSU, he served as team captain of the Murray State Rowing Club. Rob's goal is to become a screenwriter, film director or producer and looks to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie for inspiration. He appreciates good music, mainly favoring British rock n' roll, and approves of anything with Jack White's name on it. When not studying, rowing or writing, Rob enjoys spending his free time with a book or guitar.
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