JJP, there was "the rally" at the local government center in Waverly, OH this past Wednesday (9/9/15). The primary purpose was to make the Public aware that the funds to support the Portsmouth Plant clean-up need to be restored to a level suitable for maintaining "the schedule."
In brief, the program is financed by the barter of some of the uranium remaining at PORTS and through annual federal appropriations. The total "income" is well short of what was requested. The result is that in the absence of the requested funding, approximately 500 jobs associated with the clean-up are expected to be lost.
The PORTS plant sits on about 3,700 acres. I have requested that those tasked with federal appropriations actually visit the site and to take the 90 minute bus tour around the site. Sitting in a conference room in DC and then seeing with your own eyes the magnitude of the job are clearly not the same thing. It ought to be a requirement for these men and women to see "what they are buying" and to recognize that it will take decades to do this job right.
I spoke with young Congressional and Senate staffers and I explained to them that this is a National Security issue. These young men and women were also informed that this is a federal responsibility. Their homework assignments were to educate their bosses and to have their bosses educate their colleagues.
The ACP announcement (although unrelated to the clean-up) was also made at "the rally."
Sarge, they've had US 23 ripped up south of Waverly for months. It made it practically impossible to drive by the Pike County Fairgrounds, especially during Fair Week. Concurrently, US 23 was ripped up north of Waverly (part way to Chillicothe) for weeks. The road work was finally finished on the way to Chillicothe, but the traffic continues to get backed up through Piketon. It is unclear if the rains earlier this year held things up. The basic issues to me are a lack of planning and the resulting inability to reduce the impact to those (like me) who drive between Portsmouth and Columbus just about every day.
Bob, Sarge is from Portsmouth. The Ohio River City was once a hopping place with shoe factories, steel mills, and the A Plant. I think that there is just one shoe lace factory left, the steel mills have been gone for years, and the A Plant is literally "a ghost of what it had been."
The de-industrialization in America's Midwest is well-observed in cities like Portsmouth. Once upon a time, jobs were plentiful, now not so much. The transition to a college town (Shawnee State University) has mitigated the rate of economic decline. The decline is seen most on Friday nights. A lot of the downtown stores have rolled up their sidewalks, whereas, back in the day, just about every store was open (and busy).