WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today met with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu to discuss the future of the Mound Site.
"The completion of the Mound cleanup is great news for Miamisburg. Mound will once again be fully open for business. With Department of Energy resources, the Mound Site can produce homegrown, clean energy and help end America's unhealthy addiction to foreign oil," Brown said. "Mound is a one-of-a-kind site in the DOE complex and is ready to complete the transition from former nuclear weapons production to clean energy research, development, and production. With DOE investment, Mound can become a stellar example of Sec. Chu's efforts to redevelop and retool old facilities into 21st-century, clean energy producing sites."
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. The federal government has invested more than $1 billion in cleaning up the Mound Site. Mound has retained much of the DOE infrastructure and wants to put those resources to work carrying out our nation's goal of creating carbon-free energy.
As Chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Economic Policy, Sen. Brown has introduced critical pieces of legislation to help manufacturers retool for the clean energy industry and to promote more domestic manufacturing of clean energy technology.
Brown has been a strong advocate for cleanup funds at the Mound Site. Brown fought for $20 million in Recovery Act funds for remediation work at the 305-acre site. In January 2009, Brown led a bipartisan group of eight U.S. Senators in calling for $6 billion in the economic recovery package to be dedicated to the cleanup of existing DOE nuclear sites. In March of that year, Brown wrote to Energy Secretary Steven Chu on behalf of the Mound Site. In January 2010, Brown visited the Mound Site to meet with clean-up workers and community members. During the visit he discussed how to accelerate clean-up efforts and bring clean energy manufacturing jobs to the region.