Wenstrup and Johnson Seek to Preserve Funding for the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant
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, while a long-term budget deal is negotiated. Wenstrup and Johnson requested that the CR provide enough funding for Portsmouth to avoid layoffs and work stoppages.
“We will continue to work with the [Appropriations] Committee on long-term funding levels that fully support cleanup operations, but, in the meantime, we want to ensure that a short-term CR does not have negative long-term consequences for the workers at Portsmouth and the Piketon community.
“In return for their hard work and sacrifice during the Cold War, the people of Ohio received a commitment from the federal government to properly dismantle the Portsmouth site and prepare it for use by future generations. We hope that you will help us keep this promise.”
The full letter can be viewed here.
Office of Representative Brad Wenstrup