US House to vote Friday on money for Ohio plant cleanup

The plant was one of three large gaseous diffusion plants in the United States initially constructed to produce enriched uranium to support the nation’s nuclear weapons program and U.S. Navy. (Photo:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is expected to vote on a measure that could provide extra money for the cleanup of a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio, though the White House is threatening to veto it.

Lawmakers began debate Thursday on a water and energy bill that would give the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon $213 million for decontamination and decommissioning. That’s $48 million above the Obama administration’s request. A final vote was planned Friday.

The White House says President Barack Obama’s advisers will recommend he veto the broader bill because it “drastically underfunds” investments to clean energy.

Ohio lawmakers have pushed for more money for Piketon to give workers stability in a pocket of high unemployment in the state.

The Senate hasn’t yet released its proposal. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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