Gov. Beshear Meets With Energy Secretary

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Steve Beshear has met with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz about the future of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant that is being shuttered, putting nearly 1,100 employees out of work.

Beshear said he had a "productive exchange" with Moniz on Monday in Washington.

Beshear, a second-term Democrat, said he wants to find new uses for the Paducah property. He called for the feds to move the plant into the "decommissioning and decontamination process" as soon as possible so the property can be used for economic development.

The Cold War-era plant, operated by USEC Inc., opened in 1952 to develop enriched uranium for military reactors and to produce nuclear weapons. The plant began selling uranium for commercial reactors in the 1960s.

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