Rep. Wenstrup Statement on Department of Energy Announcement
Wenstrup: This “leaves the region and the nation blindsided with another broken promise”
Congressman Brad Wenstrup released the following statement regarding the Department of Energy’s announcement to end the American Centrifuge Test Demonstration and Operation contract at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio:
“This is beyond belief.
“While this Administration is greenlighting uranium enrichment in Iran and legitimizing 6,000 Iranian centrifuges, they’re shutting down domestic production here in America – a dangerous threat to our national security.
“Congress, the people’s elected representatives, responsibly and repeatedly prioritized the American Centrifuge Project with full funding. The project is a national security imperative to ensure we have a continued domestic supply of enriched uranium to support our nuclear weapons program and the Navy nuclear reactors program.
“This is a shameful and unilateral move by Department of Energy to walk away from a longstanding investment, and leaves the region and the nation blindsided with another broken promise. This administration has unnecessarily and inexplicably inflicted more pain and uncertainty on the hardworking people of Pike County and Southern Ohio.
“The Ohio delegation will continue working towards solutions to keep the region working on this important project.”