WASHINGTON, DC —Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) met with United Steelworkers Local 869 President Herman Potter and Sergeant-at-Arms Rick Jordan from the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon to discuss continued efforts to clean up and redevelop the site. Last December, Brown and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) helped secure the necessary funding to avoid disruption of the clean-up activities at the site.
“Piketon workers are committed to keeping clean-up efforts on track,” said Brown. “Workers like Herman and Rick deserve to have the resources they need to clean up and redevelop the site without the fear of losing their jobs. I will keep fighting for the necessary funding to accelerate clean-up efforts and redevelop this site for good-paying jobs in the future.”
Brown has worked to maintain jobs at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant by calling on Senate Appropriators to fund the plant this year and over the last several years. In December 2015, Brown successfully urged his colleagues to support funding of the site in the year-end appropriations bill. After WARN notices were sent to employees in September 2015, Brown helped fund decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) operations at the plant through Dec. 11 and ensured that no layoffs would occur at the site during that time.