PIKETON, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's Republican senator says U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will visit the cleanup site of a former Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said in a statement Friday that Perry will visit the cleanup site of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon on July 31. Portman says he invited Perry to get a firsthand look at the cleanup work and see the "importance of the work to the local economy."
Portman's release says he has worked to secure the necessary funding to keep the cleanup project on track and protect jobs.
Commissioners from four southern Ohio counties also wrote to Perry in April urging continued funding for the cleanup. The cleanup produces some of the best-paid jobs in an area with high unemployment.