Fayette Advocate, similar story in Chillicothe Gazette: (snip)
At today’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing regarding the nomination of Ernest J. Moniz to be the Secretary of Energy, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) highlighted the importance of the American Centrifuge Project.
“With regard to the American Centrifuge Project, as you know, I’ve been involved with this for the last decade, and it’s something that’s critical for our energy security…but it’s also critical for our national security,” Portman said.
Moniz agreed with Portman that the United States must have the technology for a fully domestic source of enriched uranium to support our nuclear weapons program and the Navy nuclear reactors program, saying, “it’s a requirement that we have American origin technology for enrichment.”
Portman also discussed with Dr. Moniz the cleanup of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon.
On Friday, April 5, 2013, Representative Brad Wenstrup met with USEC officials and employees at the plant in Piketon, Ohio to receive an update on the progress of the Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D) program. While visiting the facility, Rep. Wenstrup expressed his continued support for the program and thanked the employees for their work to support America’s energy independence.
The Department of Energy and USEC are executing the $350 million cooperative program to confirm the readiness of the American Centrifuge technology, the next-generation U.S. uranium enrichment capabilities.
“The American Centrifuge Project in Piketon, Ohio is imperative to providing for our energy security needs, and is critical for our national security. I appreciate the work and strong support of my colleagues in the Ohio delegation, including Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06 on this project. I will continue to work with Congress and the administration to support the completion of the RD&D program,” said Rep. Wenstrup.