Saturday, December 17, 2011

Rep. Schmidt to Introduce Bill on American Centrifuge Project

WASHINGTON – In an effort to help private industry create nearly 4,000 jobs in Southern Ohio, Congresswoman Jean Schmidt announced Saturday (Dec. 17) that she is drafting legislation that would allow the U.S. Department of Energy to move forward on its request for a demonstration of the American Centrifuge project.

“This technology is important to the economy of Ohio, our national security, and nonproliferation efforts,” said Congresswoman Schmidt, a Clermont County Republican. “House Speaker John Boehner and I – along with our colleagues from Ohio – are committed to passing this legislation as soon as possible.”

The bill will conform with all House rules, Congresswoman Schmidt said.

The Department of Energy has proposed a $300 million research, development, and demonstration program that could lead to a loan guarantee for the American Centrifuge project.