Senate OKs short-term funding for Ohio uranium plant cleanup


PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s U.S. senators say a resolution passed by the Senate continues short-term funding for cleanup of a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio where workers have been warned about the threat of layoffs for years.

Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman say the continuing resolution approved Wednesday provides the Department of Energy with flexibility to avoid disrupting the cleanup of the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon.

A continuing resolution is a temporary spending measure that legislators can use to continue funding programs until the House and Senate reach agreement on a final budget for the next fiscal year that also has the president’s approval.

Shutdown of the plant that produced enriched uranium for defense and commercial uses until 2001 left behind chemicals, radioactive areas and buildings.

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