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Senate Provides Short-Term Clean-Up Funds For Defunct Pike County Uranium Plant

Department of Energy

Ohio's U.S. senators say the resolution passed by the Senate Wednesday continues short-term funding for cleanup of the Cold War-era uranium plant in Pike County.

Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman say the continuing resolution allows cleanup of the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon to continue. 

But the president of United Steelworkers Union local 1689 says the measure only insures funds through December 9th.   Herman Potter says that leaves workers uncertain about whether their jobs are long-term.

“It’s always stressful not knowing if you’re going to have a job next week or not and we’ve had a lot of people, because of the uncertainty, leave.  And that kind of deteriorates the efforts to keep highly-skilled, qualified people here at the site,” Potter said.

More than a thousand workers are doing site reclamation and clean-up.  The plant was shut down in 2001.  It produced enriched uranium.