U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has demanded the Trump administration do more to satisfy residents of the small village of Piketon, where residents have complained about the Department of Energy’s refusal to replace a school closed in 2019 after radioactive waste was found in the building’s air vents and ceiling tiles.

The Zahn County Middle School was located a little more than 8,000 feet downwind from the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, a federal facility that enriched uranium used in nuclear weapons from 1954 to 2001.

The federal government is now preparing to bury 47 years worth of radioactive waste and other debris on the 3,777 acre site, a plan Piketon’s elected officials and most residents oppose.

In a strongly worded letter to Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, Brown complained the DOE’s “casual disregard for the community” is “an outrage and ultimately undercuts the DOE’s credibility.”

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