Now, if Congress will just pass the latest continuing resolution (CR), work can continue at the DOE reservation at Piketon. On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee released the text of a short-term CR that would fund government operations until Dec. 9. If enacted, the bill would provide funding allowing decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) work at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant to continue at the current pace, without job losses or delays.
“I’m glad that the Senate’s short-term spending bill provides the flexibility needed to avoid layoffs or work stoppages at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, and I thank Senator Portman for his hard work on this issue,” U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup (OH-2) said. “This is an important step towards holding the federal government to its promise to the Piketon community, but it is just the beginning. I will continue working with the Ohio delegation and House leadership to ensure this provision is enacted into law, and that D&D operations receive the long-term funding they need to properly clean up and revitalize the Piketon site.”
Jeff Wagner, Public Information Officer for Fluor BWXT, told the Daily Times he can’t comment on pending legislation.
“While we continue to work towards a long-term funding solution, this short-term funding is important to ensuring vital operations will continue and layoffs are avoided,” U.S. Representative Bill Johnson (OH-6) said. “The people of the Piketon community want nothing more than for this site to be readied for reindustrialization, and I look forward to continue working with Senator (Rob) Portman, Congressman Wenstrup, and the rest of the Ohio delegation, to make that a reality.”
On Friday, Portman praised the short-term CR that provides the administration flexibility to avoid disruption of the clean-up activities at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon.
“I’m pleased that we were able to secure funding to continue the cleanup work at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant,” Portman said. “This is the fourth year in a row that the Administration failed to request adequate funding to maintain decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) operations at Piketon. Cleanup at the Piketon site is critical for reindustrialization. It is now up to the Obama Administration to follow through on their obligation to fully utilize these funds and avoid layoffs on this important project.”
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