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US House Approves Money For Ohio Uranium Plant Cleanup

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Extra money has been allocated to clean up this Cold War-era uranium plant.

The House has approved a measure that could provide extra money for the cleanup of a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio, though the White House is threatening to veto it.

Lawmakers voted Friday 240-177 to pass a water and energy bill that would give the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon $213 million for decontamination and decommissioning. That's $48 million above the Obama administration's request.

The White House says President Barack Obama's advisers will recommend he veto the broader bill because it "drastically underfunds" investments to clean energy.

Ohio lawmakers have pushed for more money for Piketon to give workers stability in a pocket of high unemployment in the state.

The Senate hasn't yet released its proposal.