State Sen. Bob Leeper

Kentucky lawmakers are set to pass a bill with the hope it will help a uranium enrichment plant in Paducah create new operations.

House Bill 559 would allow the Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah to use depleted uranium tails and either re-enrich or sell those tails.

The state bill is only steps away from becoming law. But the real decision is up to the federal government. Right now, the Department of Energy doesn’t for extra projects outside of those that produce electricity

Kentucky’s federal delegation is pressuring the DOE to change its mind, but so far their lobbying hasn’t worked and the plant could shut down in May.

House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins says House Bill 559 is a companion to those federal efforts. [click to continue…]

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