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The Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization, PACRO, is one of seven active Community Reuse Organizations that exist in areas where nuclear energy plants once thrived.

PACRO is tasked to mitigate the impact of the closure of the U.S. Department of Energy-owned Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in western McCracken County, Ky. Its mission includes promoting the site and surrounding acreage for future economic development and pushing for federal clean-up dollars to reduce the footprint of the long-running uranium enrichment facilities.

With the termination of the United States Enrichment Corporation’s uranium enrichment contract in 2013, the plant has ceased operation and is transitioning to a new era. A region that was once dependent on nuclear technology is branching out and becoming a hub for a variety of economic development opportunities. PACRO is at the center of that transition.

The organization is strategizing a plan for the future that will cleanly and seamlessly bring the region into the post-nuclear era. A site re-industrialization plan is in the works and new development prospects are in the wings. PACRO excecutive commttee and staff are working diligently with state, local and federal leaders to release funding for full cleanup at the PGDP site. 

PACRO’s official mission, under the guide of a now 15-member executive committee, is to create jobs in the region and diversify the economy with the impending loss of the plant’s roughly 1,100 jobs. The organization’s committee members are from the five counties impacted most by the facility, along with a representative from the Lead Contractor at the PGDP,  the University of Kentucky College of Engineering-Paducah Campus, West Kentucky Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions and Murray State University Small Business Development Center.  PACRO meetings are held the third Wednesday of the odd-numbered months at 3:00 p.m. at the CFSB Bank Southside Service Center, 2550 Irvin Cobb Dr., Paducah, KY.

Greg Wiles now serves as the PACRO Executive Director.

 

 

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Mr. Wiles,

    From reading the news article from The Paducah Sun, you have identified 2 contractors to assist with the ongoing transfer of the surplus assets. My question to you, is the door closed to other potential contractors with onsite transformer/electrical equipment decommissioning experience?

    Emerald Transformer has been providing utility companies with shutdown/removal services for substation transformers and ancillary equipment for more than 40 years, following state and federal regulations every step of the way to ensure safety and environmental protection throughout the process.
    Emerald Transformer’s Kansas facility (formerly Clean Harbors) has also been a PCB disposal facility receiving waste from the PGDP location.
    I had toured the site back in 2017 and was fortunate to meet a Flour Federal Service employee to aid in getting one of your contractors on the approval process.
    Appreciate your time and response.

    Dan Halling
    Sales Manager, Field Decommissioning

  2. How are the “impacted” counties (and city) determined? Why aren’t other counties that have been impacted included so that they may benefit from the much needed recovery efforts/funds? It seems to me that the counties that currently have the most industry/revenue are the ones benefiting the most and the counties with the least are left out.

  3. 1/ With plutonium contaminated nuclear transuranics received by the Department of Energy and USEC stored inside the Paducah City Limits, Allied Chemical Honeywell, and McCracken County Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, has Four Rivers Partnership located and characterized these Russian transuranics to ensure nuclear criticalities do not occur?

    2/ When does The DOE/ And Four Rivers Partnership expect to “turn over” the Nickel Ingots to “the Downwinder members of the public?

    3/ With the Department of Energy having released approximately 24 tons of Plutonium across a four (4) state area in the Heartland, are the citizens going to share in these profits as restitution for the environmental damages?

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