The Paducah Sun
The Paducah Sun
Saturday, July 15, 2000
Paducah, Kentucky

DOE meeting addresses groundwater concerns

Staff report
In response to groundwater contamination at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, the U.S. Department of Energy has scheduled a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Paducah Information Age Park Resource Center.

DOE will present a summary of the Groundwater Operable Unit Feasibility Study. The agency also will have displays showing the history of groundwater contamination at the Paducah uranium enrichment plant and potential cleanup technologies and alternatives. Technical experts will be on hand to answer questions.

The public meeting is a chance for DOE to hear from the community about what it wants the government to do about cleaning up groundwater contaminated with the degreaser trichloroethylene and the radioactive element Technetium-99, according to a release from the agency.

DOE will release the feasibility study next week and is seeking public input about the document's potential remedies for the contamination. The study contains eight alternatives ranging in scope and cost.

Copies of the study's executive summary will be available at the meeting. Complete copies will be available at the McCracken County Public Library and the DOE Environmental Information Center in the West Kentucky Technology Park, 175 Freedom Blvd. in Kevil.

The public meeting begins with an open house from 6 to 7 p.m., where people can view displays and talk with representatives from DOE; Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC, DOE's environmental contractor in Paducah; and subcontractors involved in the cleanup program. A formal presentation of the feasibility study follows at 7 p.m. The presentation will end about 8 p.m., and the displays will remain open until 9 p.m.

Public comment will be received for 90 days, after which DOE will propose a remedial action plan to state and federal regulators for their approval.