Mound primed to be global leader for clean energy jobs, Senator says

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Mound primed to be global leader for clean energy jobs, Senator says

Dayton Daily News – MIAMISBURG — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said the Dayton region is on track to become a global leader of clean energy jobs and production because of efforts under way at the Mound Advanced Technology Center and work by area companies.

Brown on Friday, Jan. 15, toured the Mound, a former nuclear weapons production site in Miamisburg, with local leaders and representatives of energy-related businesses, then led a roundtable discussion about how to launch development of the former Department of Energy site.

The federal government in 2009 approved $1 million in the 2010 Energy and Water Bill to complete cleanup of the 306-acre site.

Michael Grauwelman, president of the Miamisburg Mound Community Improvement Corp., said the day marked a milestone many thought never would be reached.

“The challenges were numerous, ” he said. “This has never been done before in the country. Technically, we’re turning a nuclear weapons production site that was on the Superfund list and turning it into a technology center with a work force.”

Brown heard from 16 attendees of the roundtable ideas and concerns to relay to Energy Secretary Steven Chu about what’s needed to propel the region into the global economy as a clean energy leader.

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