WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today praised an agreement between United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC), Pike County, and United States Department of Energy (DOE) that will enable Pike County to access the Department's sewage facilities run by USEC at the former gaseous diffusion plant in Piketon. Brown helped facilitate talks between USEC and DOE to enable sewer system access, which is critical to the establishment of the Pike County Manufacturing Center and other economic development efforts.
"This is a great day for Pike County. The improvements to these basic services will spur economic development efforts and bring new businesses to Piketon," Brown said. "I applaud USEC, DOE, and the Pike County Commissioners for their tireless efforts and collaboration to make this deal a reality. Today demonstrates -- once again -- the immense opportunities that come from federal, private, and local cooperation at the Piketon facility."
Brown is a longtime advocate for Piketon. He has fought for federal funds to promote economic development in Piketon and has been working closely with USEC and DOE to further the development of the American Centrifuge Plant. Brown also led the fight in Congress to accelerate the Piketon cleanup and create new jobs. He successfully secured an expedited timeframe for the cleanup, moving the completion date up by more than 20 years. As a result of Brown's efforts, Piketon received $118 million in cleanup funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. President Obama's FY 2011 budget request also includes nearly $500 million for the project. Federal funds for Piketon will have helped to create more than 275 jobs in the region.
In November, Brown visited the Piketon plant with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Dr. Inés Triay to discuss cleanup, new jobs, and ways to promote new economic development in the region.