“The time has come for a decision on this loan guarantee,” Portman said on a conference call to reporters. “Today’s announcement should serve as a wake-up call to the administration, about the need for this loan guarantee.”
USEC officials said Friday they were notifying 450 employees of impending layoffs if the loan guarantee is not approved by Nov. 1
Portman said he is disappointed a decision has not been made on the loan guarantee, forcing the company to begin the process of demobilizing the American Centrifuge Plant (ACP).
“It’s not fair to have these workers put in this position,” Portman said.
He said if the loan guarantee is awarded it could lead to the addition of thousands of jobs for Ohio. If the loan guarantee is not awarded it could lead to the loss of thousands of jobs for Ohio.
“I will continue to fight over the next several weeks to encourage the administration to do the right thing and stop dragging its feet, to make a decision and to make the decision that helps move our country forward,” Portman said.
Portman said he hopes the administration won’t let the ACP fail.
“The alternative is incredibly costly to the federal government,” Portman said. “If the federal government decides to allow this project to fail, they will have to find another source of domestic enriched uranium.”
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