Senate Passes Portman Priority to Fund Cleanup of Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant

May 12, 2016 | Press Releases

Passed as Part of the Senate’s Broader Energy & Water Appropriations Legislation

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the Senate has passed new funding for cleanup of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in today’s Energy and Water Appropriations legislation. The funding, which is $40 million more than last year, will help maintain current employment levels for the decontamination and decommissioning work at the Portsmouth Plant.  Portman issued the following statement:

“I’m committed to ensuring there are adequate resources for the cleanup work at Portsmouth, and I’m pleased the Senate passed this funding today. The cleanup project in Portsmouth is an important component of economic development in Southern Ohio. I will continue to monitor the Administration’s barter of uranium to ensure full funding is delivered for cleanup at Portsmouth, but the Senate’s action today is a positive step forward. I will continue to urge the Obama Administration and Secretary Moniz to keep their promises to the Piketon community.”

NOTE: Portman secured funding needed to maintain current employment levels for the decontamination and decommissioning work at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in last year’s Omnibus bill. Portman has repeatedly called on the Obama Administration to uphold their promises to the Piketon community and to provide adequate funding to avoid layoffs.

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