KY May Take Financial Hit on Fuel Lab Equipment

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky could take a shellacking in an online auction to sell some $3 million worth of equipment from the Department of Agriculture's now-defunct fuel testing lab.

Bids on laboratory and office equipment were coming in Monday far below original purchase prices.

High bids on eyewash stations ranged from $6 to $40. An explosion-proof refrigerator had garnered a $65 offer. And bids on a couple of desks stood at $2 and $3 each.

Danny Ford, director of the Kentucky Division of Surplus Property, said he's hopeful that bids will begin edging upward on Tuesday when the auction nears its scheduled 2 p.m. EDT conclusion.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer closed the fuel lab, saying it was a waste of money, and declared the equipment surplus so that it could be sold.

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