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  • Wenstrup Leads Bipartisan Letter to Energy Secretary Perry Urging Visit to Piketon, OH
    Posted in Press Releases on March 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-02), who serves as a member of the Congressional Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, today led in sending a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, supporting his commitment to visit the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio. The letter was also signed by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Congressman Steve Chabot (OH-01), Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), Congressman Michael Turner (OH-03), Congressman Bill Johnson (OH-06), Congressman ... Read more

  • Wenstrup & Johnson Comment on Piketon Funding in Senate CR
    Posted in Press Releases on September 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee released the text of a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that would fund government operations until December 9. If enacted, the bill would provide funding allowing decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) work at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant to continue at the current pace, without job losses or delays. In response, U.S. Congressman Brad Wenstrup issued the following statement: “I’m glad that the Senate’s short-ter... Read more

  • Wenstrup and Johnson Seek to Preserve Funding for the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant
    Posted in Press Releases on September 19, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Brad Wenstrup (OH-2) and Bill Johnson (OH-6) today urged the House Appropriations Committee to sustain the ongoing cleanup of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (Piketon, OH) in any short-term continuing resolution (CR) to be considered this month. With existing funding for the government running out at the end of September, the House is expected to pass a spending bill to temporarily fund government operations, including cleanup work at Portsmouth, wh... Read more

  • Wenstrup Initiative to Hold DOE Accountable Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-2), who represents workers at the American Centrifuge Project (ACP) in Piketon, included a provision in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requiring a 3rdparty assessment of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) recent report on domestic uranium enrichment. The DOE’s October 2015 report, titled “Tritium and Enriched Uranium Management Plan Through 2060,” asserted that the agency had identified additional sources of enriched uranium to use for the produ... Read more

  • A Thank You to Piketon
    Posted in Blog on February 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    Thank you. Thank you to all the hard working employees who have labored over the years on securing our nation’s uranium enrichment independence. The project has had different names across different decades, but the mission never changed: supply America with a domestically owned source of enriched uranium. This mission started in the throes of the Cold War, and extended into the 21st Century. When the United States was facing an existential threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union, we got to w... Read more

  • Wenstrup: DOE Abandons our Nuclear Capabilities
    Posted in Press Releases on February 19, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Defense – ALIGN

    Despite repeated efforts to fund the American Centrifuge Project, the Department of Energy has decided to go against Congress and not spend the funds allocated for the program. Congressman Brad Wenstrup, who represents the current site and workforce, called the move a long term national security concern. “The Department of Energy is opting to abandon our nuclear capabilities with this decision to end the American Centrifuge Project,” Wenstrup said. “We cannot seriously sustain our nuclear capabi... Read more

  • Wenstrup Blasts Obama’s “Nuclear Negligence”
    Posted in Press Releases on February 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    On the day President Obama released the final budget proposal of his presidency, the administration continues to propose no funding to preserve the American Centrifuge Project capabilities in Piketon, Ohio. “In his final year, President Obama shows his true colors by shunning our nation’s nuclear security. The President’s budget has zero – nothing – to continue maintaining our only domestically owned source of uranium enrichment, which is key to our military capabilities,” Wenstrup said. “Congre... Read more

  • Congressmen Press Department of Energy on ACP Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Defense – ALIGN

    After passing legislation to fully fund the American Centrifuge Project in December, Congressmen representing Southern Ohio are now pressing the Department of Energy to spend the appropriated funds to keep the project on track. Congressman Brad Wenstrup, joined by Bill Johnson and Senator Rob Portman, is calling for immediate answers surrounding the Department’s failure to take the necessary steps to retain the nation’s only domestically owned source of enriched uranium. “The Department of Energ... Read more

  • Piketon D&D funding deadline days away
    Posted in In The News on November 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    As the date of Dec. 11, 2015 looms on the horizon, Fluor-BWXT Director Dennis Carr remain optimistic that funding will come through for the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) project at Piketon. “Dennis feels optimistic,” Jeff Wagner, Senior Manager of Public Affairs for Fluor-BWXT, said. “In general he feels optimistic about it as far as operating funding is concerned. He is a little bit worried that if we do take up a budget cut maybe in the line item capital area, which would be work o... Read more

  • Answers behind Centrifuge decision still sought
    Posted in In The News on September 16, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    PIKETON — While trying to figure out how to reverse the Department of Energy’s decision to end funding for the American Centrifuge Plant Sept. 30, members of Ohio’s congressional delegation are still seeking a good explanation of the thinking behind the decision. DOE stated nearly a week ago that it was pulling funding from the Centrifuge project, choosing instead to take the lessons learned from years of developing centrifuge technology at the Piketon facility and shifting resources to continue... Read more