Portsmouth Daily Times: Portman, DOE officials visit Piketon
By Frank Lewis | August 28, 2014
PIKETON — U.S. Senator Rob Portman — along with Department of Energy Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Mark Whitney and Senior Advisor to DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, David Foster — spent the day in Piketon Thursday meeting with officials of Fluor B&W Portsmouth and others about the company’s need for an appropriation of $110 million to keep the Decommissioning and Decontaminating (D&D) project moving forward.
Portman met with officials of the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI) and talked about the importance of their work at the site as well.
“I always like meeting with SODI,” Portman said. “They’re a really responsible group. I told the DOE guys they’re really lucky to have this kind of community support. That’s not true at every site.”
Portman talked about SODI’s role in the D & D project and the point of Thursday’s meeting.
“What they have focused on today is how do you keep the workforce there - get this thing cleaned up - but also how do you redevelop the site for commercial purposes,” Portman said. “They do get some of their funding out of the site now. We want them to get even more funding out of this source which is the recycling dollars. When something is recycles they get half of it for grants; half of it goes back into the cleanup.”
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