Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, which holds the contract to do the decontamination and decommissioning work at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant at Piketon, said Monday it will give give 5 percent of its fee to the four counties to be used for economic development projects in the region.
The counties are Pike, Scioto, Ross and Jackson.
The company made the commitment to the U.S. Department of Energy last year when DOE awarded it the contract to do decontamination and decommissioning work at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
The contract, initially for five years with a potential five-year extension, was worth more than $2 billion.
Tom Reiser, chairman of the Scioto County Commission, said he’s not clear yet on how much money the county will get from the company’s 5 percent commitment, or what economic developments it can be used for.
“We’re not sure what 5 percent of the company’s fee amounts to,” he said.
Childers said the fee the company will get is based on its performance and how efficiently the work is accomplished.
Reiser and fellow Commissioner Skip Riffe said they hope to learn more about the commitment when they meet with company officials on Friday.
Jamie Jameson, program manager for Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, said commissioners from all four counties have been invited to be guests of DOE for a tour of the site on Friday.
“This will mark the first time that the leading elected officials from all four counties will tour the site together,” Jameson said in announcing the 5 percent commitment.
He said commissioners and the various counties’ economic development directors will be welcomed by him and DOE Site Director Vince Adams. They will hear presentations from Fluor-B&W Portsmouth senior managers about the D&D work.
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