Environment
7:17 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Boehner Backs Bill to Keep Alive Ohio Uranium Plant

House Speaker John Boehner says he would support legislation to allow the Obama administration to spend an estimated $150 million to help a uranium enrichment project in Southern Ohio move forward.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that a bill is expected to be introduced by members of the Ohio congressional delegation and could reach the House floor next month.

The Piketon plant would be at the site of a former gaseous diffusion plant that enriched uranium during the Cold War.  It would produce enriched uranium for use in generating electricity at nuclear power plants.

Boehner has taken heat for not including the $150 million in a temporary spending bill.  He says he continues to support the project, saying it would "create jobs and strengthen America's energy security."