Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces State Funding for Paducah Energy Project
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy has awarded $228,721 in grant funding to Paducah Uranium Plant Asset Utilization Inc. (PUPAU), pending Legislative Research Commission review.
This non-profit community group, composed of Paducah Mayor William F. Paxton, McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry and other government and industry officials, will conduct the local planning work required to further define Paducah’s role in the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP), specifically as it pertains to a proposed facility to recycle spent nuclear fuel.
“The decision by DOE to site the GNEP facility should be made in June 2008. In order to bridge the gap between the siting study and the implementation of GNEP, the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy will provide the necessary funding to support Paducah until June of 2008,” said Governor Fletcher.
GNEP is a comprehensive strategy to increase U.S. and global energy security through the safe expansion of nuclear power. The goal is a global energy system of nuclear fuel supplier nations that will enable developing nations to affordably acquire nuclear energy without increasing the risk of nuclear proliferation.
Today’s announcement follows the recent decision of the U.S. Department of Energy to provide the Paducah group with $664,600 for a study to determine the best location for integrated spent fuel recycling facilities. Paducah is one of 11 sites across the country to receive siting grant funding. The funding provided by the state will supplement funding provided by the Department of Energy.
The PUPAU Task Force was created in January 2006 to identify, explore, and facilitate opportunities to use/reuse the plant as well as the Purchase Area’s assets for economic and resource development.
The chief executive officers of the city and county serve as co-chairpersons and appoint task force members. Current members of the task force include local professionals with strong backgrounds in nuclear operations, management, safety, environment and resource conservation. The members volunteer their time to serve on the task force.
For more information on the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy visit http://energy.ky.gov.