WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) helped secure funding to support jobs and ongoing cleanup at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon in a bill that passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee today. Brown urged his colleagues on the Senate Appropriations Committee to include the $351 million needed for Piketon to continue its decontamination and decommissioning efforts in its Energy and Water Appropriations bill. The bill now awaits a vote in the full Senate.
“This is an important step in protecting Piketon jobs and the ongoing work at the plant,” said Brown. “I’ll continue to work with Senator Portman to preserve Piketon’s critical national security role, and the work being done to clean up the site for future economic opportunity in southern Ohio.”
Brown made his formal request to the Appropriations Committee in June 2017, as he’s done in previous years, to help protect approximately 1,800 jobs in southern Ohio.
Brown has worked to support jobs in Piketon and help the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant continue its ongoing cleanup efforts. Brown has also invited Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to visit the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. In May, Brown renewed his call to ensure that no layoffs occur at Piketon due to the Administration’s reduction of the uranium barter.
Last year, Brown and Portman helped secure continued Piketon funding in the year-end bill to fund the government. The two have worked to keep the site funded for the last several years.