|Next week, while I’ll be back in our nation’s capital to continue proudly representing the commonwealth of Kentucky, my staff, both in Washington and in the state, will be readily available to handle any constituent questions, concerns or assist in any form of help.
Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
I visited the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant for a round table meeting with representatives from USEC, the Department of Energy, Mayor Bill Paxton, McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry, and others to discuss both current operations of the facility and possibilities for re-use of the site in the future.
We also talked about the recent agreement to extend operations of the Paducah facility for one year by re-enriching the uranium waste that is already on site. This extension aids environmental clean-up by re-using what has been classified as waste and also secured the jobs of over 1,200 employees for the next year. I am proud of the work that was done to ensure that this agreement was finalized. You can read about this agreement by clicking HERE.
(Sen. Paul participates in a round table meeting at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, 05/30/2012)
Waterways Industry Meeting
I was pleased to have been invited to speak to the Waterways Industries luncheon, held on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College. During conversations with attendees, both before and after my speech, I was able to learn about several vital concerns that industries are facing due to excessive regulation by federal agencies, such as the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
(Sen. Paul speaks to a large gathering at the Waterways Industries Luncheon, 05/30/2012)
Another area of concern to those in attendance is the supposed lack of funding for the inland waterways, ports and harbors. I believe that if the Army Corps of Engineers needs to re-evaluate how they are spending money, in order to ensure that the dredging of small harbors and maintenance locks and dams are not overlooked. I have written the Defense of Environment and Property Act (DEPA) to help bring common sense back to our federal water policy. You can read about this legislation by clicking HERE.
Round Table on Coal Issues
Also this week, I traveled to Morganfield in Union County to meet with representatives from several Western Kentucky coal mines and learn about their operations. Their greatest concern is the war on coal that this administration has waged with its energy policies. Kentucky has a rich heritage in coal, and there is a place in the nation’s future for coal, as well. I will continue to fight for the coal industry and for the affordable energy rates that the usage of coal provides to all Americans.
(Sen. Paul shares a joke with constituents in Union County, 05/30/2012)
I appeared on Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Sunsteran and Newsroom with Bill Hemmer. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WEZI’s Cathy Hall, and WHAS’s Mandy Connell and Tony Cruise, as well as those across the country.
You can find updates on what I’m doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.govand you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don’t forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.
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