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Brown says Ohio is best suited for a uranium enrichment project
Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman are joining forces to try and move a uranium enrichment project forward in southern Ohio
Story by LAUREN SCHMOLL AND MARK URYCKI


 
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Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman are pushing for a meeting with Energy Secretary Ernst Monitz to talk about federal support for the a uranium enrichment facility in southern Ohio.

The two sent Monitz a letter last week asking for an update on the American Centrifuge Plant. Brown says the project—which received nearly $120 million in last month’s spending bill—is important for the state.

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“Ohio is the place that is most ready to this," Brown said. "We know how. We have a history of it. It should continue nationally and it should continue in Ohio.”

Brown says the company that would build the plant is financially secure, despite its prospective bankruptcy. USEC is preparing to file Chapter 11 in order to restructure more than half a billion dollars in bonds. 

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