WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) 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 expected to pass the Senate this evening. 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.
“Cleanup at the Piketon plant is a priority, as workers continue their efforts to finish the project and ready the site for new investment,” said Brown. “This funding will ensure cleanup can continue and workers remain on the job.”
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.