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  • More Nuclear Means More Jobs in Struggling Ohio

    Today, USEC, Duke Energy and the international nuclear company AREVA announced plans for a new 1,650-megawatt nuclear reactor to be built in Piketon, Ohio, creating even more jobs for southern Ohio. The announcement comes almost a year after USEC announced it would build a new uranium enrichment plant in Piketon.

    Nuclear plants are fueled with low-enriched uranium and the U.S. currently has very limited uranium enrichment capabilities. While America’s limited domestic enrichment is currently provided by USEC’s plant in Paducah, Kentucky, the company is building a new $3.5 billion plant in Piketon (three other enrichment plants are also being built or planned in the U.S.). USEC estimates that the American Centrifuge Project will create 3,300 jobs in Ohio, as well as an additional 3,000 direct and indirect jobs for USEC’s suppliers to expand appropriately to manufacture the centrifuge machine parts. Residents of Pike County, the county with third highest unemployment rate in Ohio at 15.1 percent, are happy:

    I think it’s for the greater good, but I hope they are stringent about safety protocols,” said Piketon resident Kevin McClary. “I’ve seen smiles on people’s faces because of the jobs it will bring on in.”

    More on jobs here:

    The construction will take seven to 12 years to complete and will create thousands of jobs during the construction phase. The location of the plant would put it two hours outside of Cincinnati.

    “There’s a lot of pipe that goes into a power house. It’s mostly pipe. There’s a lot of pipe,” said Marty Naseef, business manager of the Plumbers, Pipefitters and Mechanical Equipment Local Union No. 392. “That job will go on for a while, and once it gets up and running, there will be future jobs. It will never stop.”

    Once the plant is finished, it’s projected to create up to 700 full-time jobs that will require training and pay a premium.”

    It seems that Ohio is quickly becoming ground zero for the nuclear renaissance. Not only are they now getting a new reactor and a new enrichment plant, but just last week, Babcock & Wilcox announced that they would be offering the mPower modular reactor. Given B& W’s long history of manufacturing nuclear components in Ohio, it is safe to assume that some mPower parts will also be built there. On top of that, the Department of Energy’s depleted uranium hexafluoride conversion plant will come online in 2010, giving DOE an operating nuclear facility.

    For those concerned about the safety of nuclear power, check out Heritage’s policy paper, “Dispelling Myths About Nuclear Energy,” or visit the Nuclear Energy Institute’s page on safety and security.

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    6 Responses to More Nuclear Means More Jobs in Struggling Ohio

    1. Robert Davis says:

      If France can get 75% of their [power from nucelar why cant we???

      Are the French that much smarter than Americans? I dont think so its just that they dont have the far left crazy environmentalists we have. It is time we shut them up.

      We have been sending 700 billion dollars a year to foreigners for oil. Thats 14 million jobs at $50,000 a year in the US if we were not so stupid as to put up with it. If our banks had had all that piling up in their vaults we might never have gotten pushed down on our knees economically by Barney Frank and Chris Dodd and their sorry partners in destroying the Amnerican economy.

    2. Michael Scrimsher B says:

      Here's how France did it. In the 60's, with no oil, no natural gas and little hydro, they decided they did not want to have to be beholden to other countries (near or far) for energy. (What a concept!!!). The government mandated nuclear power. Plants were built, designs were standard, the regulatory and safety and licensing aspects were done right. Today, France enjoys some of the lowest per Kw hour electricity prices in Europe, and is independent from its other European neighbors as far as electricity supply.

      It's a matter of priorities, a long term strategic plan, national energy policy and independence, something we don't do well at here in the USA.

    3. Spiritof76 says:

      Sounds great. What I worry about it is that the environmental extremeists and their trial lawyers could drag this out in courts and make the investment in the plant unattractive. That has been the tactics of the extremists and anti-growth neanderthals.

      I would like to see the state of Ohio declare that no lawsuits can be filed to thwart the construction. It must claim state sovereignty.

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    5. Barb -mn says:

      The president wants the world to prosper. OFF THE BACKS OF THE ENSLAVED AMERICA.

    6. Kenny (Colorado) says:

      We need to start building Nuclear plants all across the country. Stimulates jobs, and secures our energy future. Europeans do a lot of stuff wrong, but we ought to be able and look at a country like France and see they got it right with respect Nuclear Power.

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