PDT Staff Writer
PIKETON — Members of Ohio Governor John Kasich’s staff were at Piketon on Monday, to tour USEC Inc.’s American Centrifuge Plant and get an update on the research, development and demonstration (RD&D) program.
They met with John Welch, USEC President and CEO; Paul Sullivan, Vice President, American Centrifuge; Dan Rogers, General Manager, American Centrifuge Plant Operations; Glenn Strausser, Director of Engineering, Procurement and Construction and Jim Lewis, Deputy General Manager.
“The governor was at USEC in December of 2010 even before he was sworn into office,” Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said. “Obviously this project, that facility, the whole complex is a critical jobs and economic development asset for the region. We have been supportive of USEC every step of the process. It is important that our people stay on top of all of the activity that is going on down there.”
While USEC continues to seek a $2 billion loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy, USEC is partnering with the DOE to continue to work on the centrifuge program through the $350 million RD&D (research, development and demonstration) project in hopes it will eventually lead to the loan guarantee for the ACP.
In December (2012) U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman announced the Obama budget would include $150 million in RD&D funds for the ACP for fiscal year 2013. The ACP project is projected to create some 4,000 jobs in southern Ohio. Portman said the American Centrifuge Plant is in the best interest of the country’s energy and security interests.
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