COLUMBUS— State Senator David T. Daniels (R- Greenfield) and State Representative Cliff Rosenberger (R- Clarksville) announced they will be introducing resolutions in their respective chambers that urge President Obama to direct the U.S. Department of Energy to ensure the continuation of a major uranium enrichment project located in Piketon that could potentially create thousands of jobs in Ohio and make the region a national leader in advanced energy production.

“This project could bring thousands of jobs to southern Ohio and put our state at the forefront of the advanced energy industry,” Daniels said. “Unfortunately, delays in obtaining a loan guarantee for USEC have prevented the project from moving forward, and these resolutions will send a strong message to Washington about how important the American Centrifuge Project is to the future of our energy industry and our state.”

The United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC), a leading supplier of fuel for nuclear power plants located in Maryland, is currently developing an advanced uranium enrichment technology known as the American Centrifuge Project. USEC has plans to locate the project – which could create an estimated 8,000 American jobs, half of which would be in Ohio – in Pike County, and has invested nearly $2 billion of its own funds into the project. However, USEC has been unable to move forward on the project due to its application for a loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy being pending for roughly two-and-a-half years.

“The completion of the American Centrifuge Project is critical for Ohio, as it is a golden opportunity to bring jobs back to our state and to show the world that we are still the front-runners in nuclear technology,” Rosenberger said. “These proposed concurrent resolutions from the Ohio General Assembly will show President Obama and the U.S. Department of Energy that Ohio is serious about moving forward and bringing the American Centrifuge Plant to full fruition.”

The resolutions also urge federal funding support for the Clean Energy Park Demonstration Project, a separate effort by USEC, the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative and power developers to evaluate the gaseous diffusion plant site in Piketon as a potential location for a new nuclear power plant. The facility was in operation from 1954 to 2001 and served as a key component of the country’s military nuclear arsenal. Using the site as a power plant could create more than 2,000 construction jobs and approximately 500 permanent professional and technical jobs.


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