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Senate funds $150M to add Ohio jobs

Dayton Daily News – The Senate has included $150 million in a transportation bill to keep alive hopes for a proposed uranium-enrichment plant that backers claim will create 4,000 temporary jobs and 400 permanent jobs in Piketon, a southern Ohio village in Pike County.

The money was inserted into the bill by Senators Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who have backed federal loan guarantees for Maryland-based USEC to build its American Centrifuge Project in southern Ohio.

The transportation bill could pass the Senate as early as today. If the House approves the same $150 million, then federal dollars would be spent for research and development at the plant.

In a statement, Brown said that the project “isn’t just an important job creator in southern Ohio, it’s also a critical component of our national security. That’s why we see bipartisan support in the Senate for continued research and development.”

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