PIKETON — On Friday, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) toured the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio and met with local union representatives and Piketon leadership.
Portman has led efforts in the U.S. Senate to secure funding for the Piketon facility, ensure the decontamination and decommissioning work continues, and protect these jobs. Today, he received an update on the work being done at the site and discuss how he can continue to help.
Earlier this year, Portman invited Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to come to Piketon to see firsthand the decontamination and decommissioning operations. During his confirmation hearing, Secretary Perry committed to Portman that he would visit the plant. Last year, Portman secured funding to provide the Department of Energy with the necessary funding to avoid disruption of the clean-up activities at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
“The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant is Piketon’s biggest employer, and many here in Piketon, like those I met with today, have worked for decades to provide our military and our energy sector with critical natural resources,” Portman said. “The cleanup and redevelopment of this plant is critical for jobs, economic development, and the future of southern Ohio.
However, even with funding in the books, Portman stressed the importance of finding a way to obtain a consistent avenue that will ensure long-term funding for the site.
“I’m proud to have secured funding for this plant and its workers, but it is critical that we develop a long-term funding stream and plan for this site because that will ultimately save taxpayer dollars and provide more stability for the people of Pike County,” Portman said. “I will continue to work with my colleagues and the new administration to advocate for the work happening at the facility as well as its capabilities, and the role it could continue to play in our national security.”