The Paducah Sun
The Paducah Sun
Friday, October 20, 2000
Paducah, Kentucky

Clinton vows to sign bill for area projects

President Clinton is expected to sign a bill that includes funding for several projects in western Kentucky, including the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and the Kentucky Dam lock.

The Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a combined funding bill, parts of which were vetoed earlier this month by the president. The bill had passed the House earlier, 386 to 24.

A news release from U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield said Clinton has promised to sign the bill.

It includes $78 million for cleanup at the gaseous diffusion plant, $33 million for cylinder maintenance at diffusion plants in Paducah and Portsmouth, Ohio., $4.3 million for worker health and safety programs at the plants, $1.75 million for an epidemiological study of diffusion plant workers, and $3 million for worker and community transition programs.

The bill also includes $30 million for the new lock at Kentucky Dam; $3 million for bank restoration and erosion control on the lower Cumberland River; $300,000 for the Crittenden-Livingston Regional Water District to extend water lines; $400,000 for preliminary engineering and design for rehabilitation of Ohio River shoreline that includes money to repair the Paducah floodwall; and language prohibiting funds for construction of Reelfoot Lake Spillway, which, some Fulton County farmers say, will damage their land.