The Paducah Sun
The Paducah Sun
Paducah, Kentucky
Friday, January 16, 2004

Lexington opens DOE office

Sen. Jim Bunning will lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. CST today for a new Department of Energy Office in Lexington to oversee environmental work in Paducah and Piketon, Ohio.

Joining Bunning will be office manager Bill Murphie; Phil Foley, president of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant nuclear workers' union; others from Paducah; and state and federal regulators. The office is at 1017 Majestic Drive, Suite 200.

Bunning led an effort in Congress to put the office in Kentucky. In 2002, lawmakers approved his provision to remove Paducah and Piketon from control of DOE operations in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and put the communities under direct funding and communications with agency headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The change has been controversial because of eliminating most of the Energy Department staff at Paducah.