WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) submitted an official public comment on the cleanup and future redevelopment plan at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon. In his statement, Brown urged federal and state officials to work closely with stakeholders in Piketon, Portsmouth, and surrounding communities as cleanup and redevelopment of the site is pursued. On Monday evening, a representative from Brown’s office will read the statement at a public meeting at Waverly High School at 6:00 PM.
“The cleanup and redevelopment of the Piketon plant is essential to help spur economic development in southern Ohio,” Brown said. “As any plan moves forward, it’s crucial that federal and state agencies work closely with community leaders to align goals and ensure local concerns are properly addressed.”
Brown’s official public comment can be seen below.
Monday, November 17, 2014
I appreciate the opportunity to provide comments on the proposed plans for the Site-wide Waste Disposition and Process Buildings and Complex Facilities Decontamination and Decommissioning projects at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Getting these plans right is essential – actions at the site can help spur economic growth and opportunity for the region.
That is why I believe that all actions at the site must be strongly informed by stakeholders in Piketon, Portsmouth, and surrounding communities as cleanup and redevelopment of the site is pursued.
The proposed plan for Site-wide Waste Disposition must conform to the tenets of Recommendation 13-02 of the Portsmouth Site Specific Advisory Board (SSAB). Specifically, a future onsite disposal cell should accept no materials that originate from other locations; all waste generated from the ongoing Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) operations at the site should not be disposed of at the proposed disposal cell; and all non-recoverable barrier material from Process Gas Equipment should also be disposed of off-site.
Additionally, I support efforts to achieve the site’s full redevelopment potential by consolidating existing landfill and associated plume material from the site into the proposed disposal cell. The site and the community will fully realize the benefits of redevelopment if the Department of Energy closely follows the recommendations outlined by the Portsmouth SSAB. I believe these plans provide an excellent opportunity to fulfill the DOE’s obligation to fully clean up the site while creating new economic opportunities in Pike, Scioto, Ross, and Jackson counties. These communities have been partners with the DOE for decades. And as this process moves forward, it is essential that the DOE maintains that partnership and remains committed to working with the community and congressional delegation to keep Decontamination and Decommissioning cleanup on track and properly funded. Thank you for this opportunity to speak.