The U.S. House has given its approval for the U.S. Department of Energy to receive an additional $11 million next year to clean up the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and to do health screening for workers.
The extra funding for the 2001 fiscal year was included in a supplemental appropriations bill recommended by the Clinton administration and approved Thursday night by the House in a 306-110 vote. The Senate is expected to approve the bill, a compromise of different versions approved earlier by both houses, said U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville.
It includes $3 million to speed tests for lung cancer for current and former workers and $8 million for cleanup that includes “drum mountain.”
"It is funding the federal government owes these workers and the community for the Cold War sacrifices that were made,” Whitfield said.
Whitfield said supporters of the increased funding had to do some last-minute maneuvering to save the funding after House and Senate negotiators had removed the funding from the military construction appropriations measure.
Whitfield said the money was restored with help from Republican leaders.