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 final Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which passed the Senate tonight and is set to become law. Brown fought to ensure that workers at Piketon receive the necessary funding to maintain workforce levels and keep cleanup on pace. The package now heads to the House for final passage before going to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
“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.