Portman Statement on Obama Administration’s Broken Promise to the Piketon Community

February 19, 2016 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) failing to utilize funding provided by Congress and therefore causing layoffs at the American Centrifuge Project in Piketon, Ohio:

“This is just wrong. Congress has provided adequate funding to avoid layoffs in Piketon and yet the Obama Administration refuses to use the money. This news is a major blow to ACP - the new enrichment technology at the Piketon plant - and yet another broken promise by this Administration.

“Families are once again being upended by the Administration's failed promises to the community and its refusal to keep ACP going. Congress has consistently signaled support for ACP and the irreplaceable role it plays in our national security and economic security.

“I find it particularly troubling that on the heels of the Administration's Iran deal that recognizes Iran's right to enrich, conduct research, and maintain access to more than 6,000 centrifuges, it is also shutting down centrifuges and laying off workers at our only American-owned enrichment capability.

“I will continue to work with local officials to help the workers in Piketon who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.”