PADUCAH, Ky. (7/11/13) – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, today took to the floor of the House of Representatives to express urgency in providing the Paducah Department of Energy (DOE) site with the support necessary to accelerate its reindustrialization and cleanup process. Whitfield did this through a colloquy with House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman, U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11).
“Pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, the Secretary of Energy now has full responsibility for decontamination and decommissioning cleanup work at the Paducah Site, and for reindustrialization of the materials and the facilities at that site,” stated Whitfield on the floor of the House of Representatives. “As we move forward to finish the legacy cleanup of this plant, and most importantly, to reindustrialize that site and to create new jobs, we are going to need to work with the Chairman's committee on a very close basis. I hope we can work with you in the coming years to ensure that we provide the Department of Energy the necessary support to accelerate reindustrialization through the request for offers process and also expedite the cleanup.”
In response to Whitfield’s comments, Frelinghuysen stated, “I look forward to working with my colleague, as I have over the years, my friend from Kentucky, Mr. Whitfield, who is a strong advocate on behalf of Kentucky, jobs for Kentucky, and the Paducah Plant. We do appreciate the work that the department is doing to reindustrialize the Paducah site. We also recognize that the cleanup on the site must get done in a timely fashion and we hope to work with the various stakeholders and with Congressman Whitfield to ensure that that happens.”
Frelinghuysen’s commitment to Whitfield for an expedited clean-up and reindustrialization at the Paducah DOE site is significant given Frelinghuysen’s position as the Subcommittee Chairman of the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee. His subcommittee is solely responsible for all funding that the Department of Energy receives for these types of activities.
Whitfield staff states that he has been a staunch advocate of ensuring DOE comes up with a long-term plan for utilizing the Paducah DOE site’s assets.
Information provided by Chris Pack
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