The Department of Energy will hold a public meeting Thursday to solicit early public input for an environmental assessment on waste disposal at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the Paducah Information Age Park Resource Center.
DOE officials said the assessment, required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), will deal with the potential impacts of characterizing, repackaging, storing, treating, shipping and disposing of wastes.
A draft document — considering a range of alternatives, including storage — and its recommendations will be used by DOE to make decisions on the future of waste disposal. The draft will be available for public comment in December.
DOE is doing the assessment now because the volume of waste shipment from the plant will increase significantly during the next few years.
The assessment will be prepared according to the President's Council on Environmental Quality regulations, and DOE procedures and guidelines, relating to NEPA. An assessment determination, and draft outline and schedule, are available for review at the DOE Environmental Information Center, 175 Freedom Blvd., in the West Kentucky Technology Park off U.S. 60 at Kevil.
The center is open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday. The phone number is 462-2550.
For a copy of the draft assessment, write Gary Bodenstein, U.S. Department of Energy, Paducah Site Office, Box 1410, Paducah, KY 42001-1410. The fax is 441-6801. The phone number is 441-6831.