U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) as well as Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-02) have urged Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan to fully fund decontamination and decommissioning operations at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon.

In a letter to Donovan, the lawmakers expressed concern over volatility in the global uranium market and urged the Administration to fully fund cleanup in their Fiscal Year 2016 budget.

“As a delegation, we have repeatedly urged the Department of Energy to present a comprehensive management plan that fulfills the Secretarial commitment to the community,” the lawmakers wrote.

“This plan should not rely upon the vagaries of the global uranium market. Clean-up and restoration work is critically important to southern Ohio, and merits your immediate attention to ensure financial stability, fulfill the federal obligation to the community, and sustain productivity at the site.”

“We must hold the Obama administration accountable to the funding promises they’ve made to cleanup Piketon," Wenstrup said.

"This administration has undercut the project time and time again, and their incomplete budget requests have caused continued uncertainty for southern Ohio. I will continue to lead the fight for full funding, and am encouraged by the bipartisan support displayed with this funding request.”

The letter was also signed my Reps. Steve Chabot (R-OH-01), Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), Bob Latta (R-OH-05), Jim Renacci (R-OH-16), Bill Johnson (R-OH-06), Steve Stivers (R-OH-15), Bob Gibbs (R-OH-07), Dave Joyce (R-OH-14) , Mike Turner (R-OH-10), Pat Tiberi (R-OH-12), and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-09).

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