WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded news that the U.S. Department of Energy has transferred 80 acres of land to the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI) to help spur economic development as cleanup efforts continue in Piketon. 

“As we maintain our support for cleanup efforts in Piketon, this land transfer is an important step toward readying the site for new investment,” said Brown. “Workers continue to make progress on this project, and today’s announcement is good news for the Piketon community.” 

Last month, Brown secured more than $400 million in funding for the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, which will ensure that cleanup continues as planned. Brown secured the funding in the Senate Energy and Water appropriations bill that passed the Senate last month. The bill must now be reconciled with the House bill before becoming law. Brown will keep fighting to ensure that workers at Piketon receive the necessary funding to maintain workforce levels and keep cleanup on pace.

Brown has worked with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) to keep jobs at the plant and maintain ongoing cleanup efforts in previous spending bills. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry visited the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant at the Senators’ invitation.