Kentucky now has a law which clarifies the types of nuclear based technologies allowed in the commonwealth. The legislation was signed into law Thursday by Governor Beshear. It permits nuclear related industries to exist in Kentucky as long as electricity generated is not the primary aim. The house bill allows industry development for nuclear assisted coal or gas conversion where electricity is not the primary output. It also clears the way for re-enrichment of depleted nuclear tails, recycling or reprocessing of spent nuclear fuels and the processing of metals contaminated with radioactive materials.
Governor Beshear believes the law helps in planning for the future of Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant and enhances job security. Earlier this month, an agreement was reached between the U.S. Department of Energy and Kentucky’s congressional delegation to extend the nearly 12 hundred jobs at the western Kentucky plant for another year.