The Paducah Sun
The Paducah Sun
Paducah, Kentucky
Tuesday, September 21, 2004


Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Honeywell, NRC to meet again over December gas release


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 with Honeywell International officials to discuss the company's long-term improvement plan after a Dec. 22 release of uranium hexafluoride gas into the environment at the Metropolis plant.

The meeting, set for the Community Center at 516 Superman Square, is public and observers will be able to talk with NRC officials after the business portion.

A copy of the NRC letter inviting Honeywell officials to participate is available at NRC Public Affairs, Region 3, 61 Forsyth St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303, or on the Web at html. Help in using the ADAMS records system is available at the NRC Public Document Room at 800-397-4209, toll-free.

Honeywell shut the plant on U.S. 45 North down for nearly four months making improvements after the toxic release, which threatened neighbors. Since the release, Honeywell has added sirens and an automated phone system that, in an emergency, calls people living within 1.3 miles of the center of the plant notification zone.

Tractor Supply plans opening for new store in November

Tractor Supply Co.'s new store on U.S. 60 a half-mile west of Olivet Church Road will be open in mid-November and afford more than 19,000 square feet of showroom, said manager Chalon Lassiter.

Construction continues on the building, which will replace a 12,000-square-foot store at 3500 Hinkleville Road. Lassiter said the new store is projected to increase sales by 25 percent.

The company also hopes to add to the staff of 13. The new store will have larger hardware, clothing, bird-feeding and equine sections, and broader overall inventory, he said.

New stores in Paducah and Hopkinsville, and one planned later for Princeton, are part of plans to double the number of Tractor Supply stores to at least 1,000 nationwide in the next three to four years, Lassiter said. All outdated stores are being replaced by new ones.