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Boehner Backs Bill To Keep Alive Ohio Uranium Plant

House Speaker John Boehner said he would support legislation to allow the Obama administration to spend an estimated $150 million to help a uranium enrichment project in southern Ohio move forward. The Columbus Dispatch reports that a bill is expected to be introduced by members of the Ohio congressional delegation and could reach the House floor next month. The Piketon plant would be at the site of a former gaseous diffusion plant that enriched uranium during the Cold War. It would produce enriched uranium for use in generating electricity at nuclear power plants. Boehner, R-West Chester, has taken heat for not including the $150 million in a temporary spending bill. Boehner said the project would "create jobs and strengthen America's energy security."