MIAMISBURG, OH – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today visited the Miamisburg Mound Site to discuss efforts to bring new clean energy jobs to the Miami Valley. Brown fought for the Recovery Act to include critical funds that will complete the clean-up process at Mound and help bring new business tenants to the site.
"Mound should play an important role in Ohio's clean energy economy," Brown said. "The Recovery Act is about putting people to work to finish clean-up of the site today, so Mound can be home to new jobs and businesses tomorrow. Already, the facilities at Mound are being used to conduct cutting-edge clean energy research and house other companies in high-growth industries. By working together, we can bring new jobs and economic development to the Miami Valley."
The cost to clean the Mound site exceeds $1 billion. A former Atomic Energy Commission facility engaged in atomic weapons research, the Mound site has been closed per the Department of Energy for more than ten years. After touring clean-up efforts at the Mound site, Brown conducted a roundtable discussion with local business and community leaders engaged in clean energy research, development, and manufacturing.
“We appreciate Senator Brown’s commitment to Mound and support for our energy efforts,” MMCIC President Michael Gruawelman said. “The relationship of the site to the Department of Energy, its energy and technology heritage, changes in public policy, and current state of the energy market represent a rare opportunity that can benefit our community's economic health. This event will help us further define how the site can add value to the industry and create jobs for our region.”
Brown is an outspoken advocate in Congress to ensure that the entire site was restored as efficiently as possible. Brown led a bipartisan group of eight U.S. Senators to increase funding for clean-up projects in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The ARRA allocates $20 million to Mound, projected to create 40 jobs in the region, to complete the cleanup project and attract clients for its technology, science, and business park.