Announcement Of Atomic Plant Set

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Piketon, Ohio (AP) -- The site of a former uranium enrichment plant tucked away in the hills of southern Ohio has the necessary infrastructure for a nuclear power plant -- abundant water, a power grid and bipartisan political backing.

Bobby Graff, president of United Steelworkers Union Local 5-589 says he expects such a facility would provide about 400 permanent jobs for his members.

But that's at least a decade down the road.

The state's top elected democrats and republicans are expected to be at the former Portsmouth gaseous diffusion plant in Piketon on Thursday for the formal announcement.

Local 5-589 workers are cleaning up the adjacent site. Graff says it's been tough to try to keep the announcement under wraps.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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