Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner is fighting to keep the $150 million the Obama administration earmarked for a uranium plant in Ohio, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Boehner and President Barack Obama are locked in a public battle over the fate of the American Centrifuge Plant in Piketon.
Boehner continues to support the uranium enrichment project and feels the plant will create jobs while enhancing the nation's energy security, according to the Dispatch. Initially, Obama supported the projects stating it would create 4,000 temporary jobs and 400 permanent jobs. The Energy Department has been hesitant about approving the guaranteed loan, according to the Dispatch.
Ohioans shared their thoughts on the uranium plant via email, instant messaging and Twitter.
* "The U.S. Department of Energy has owned the plant since the 1950s and they are worried about guaranteeing a loan for expansion? That makes absolutely no sense. The jobs created would be good paying and really improve the economy in southern Ohio. The plant used to ship low enrichment uranium to nuclear power plants around the world." -- Randy Altier, retired plant worker, Portsmouth.
* "We should not be giving a single penny to help create uranium and further the usage of nuclear power. It is dangerous not only to the environment but to innocent people and animals living in the same town as the plant. Uranium is not green energy. If Boehner supports it, then there must be something in it for Republican business owners." -- Rashawna Eastman, Ohio State University graduate student, Columbus.
* "If the plant gets the funds Obama promised in 2008, the uranium enrichment jobs sent to its companion plant in Kentucky would come back to Ohio. The plant is still open as a demonstration facility and could be so much more. We need to develop energy independence in America and the Piketon plant would help do that." -- Marcy Eckels, nurse, Jackson.
* "I am glad President Obama took a fresh look at uranium and nuclear energy and decided not to support giving more money to the plant. After the tragedy in Japan and the cracks in the nuclear plant tower near Toledo, everyone should understand the dangers of nuclear power." -- Claudia Wilkins, Ohio University student, Athens.
* "I am not totally convinced that uranium and nuclear power are safe. But, the plant made highly enriched uranium for decades without any type of ill effects on the health of people or the environment. I do not understand why President Obama would back expansion at the plant in 2008 and then pull out his support at the last minute. We could definitely use the jobs around here." -- Kelsey Newlun, retail associate, Portsmouth.
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