Wednesday, June 13, 2012

U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt Statement on American Centrifuge Plant Agreement

Statement of Congresswoman Jean Schmidt regarding the U.S. government-private sector agreement that will enable the research, development, and demonstration project at the American Centrifuge Plant in Southern Ohio.

“This is the right thing to do for our country,” Congresswoman Jean Schmidt said. “Jobs are one of my top priorities, and this will support our hardworking, skilled labor force in Southern Ohio.

“But it is also critical to our national security,” Schmidt said. “The American Centrifuge Plant in Piketon will provide an unencumbered domestic supply of enriched uranium, which is necessary to support our nuclear arsenal and nuclear Navy.

“This agreement and technology will allow the United States to maintain a leadership role in non-proliferation efforts by ensuring an adequate supply of nuclear fuel to encourage countries to forego their own enrichment programs,” Schmidt said. “The American Centrifuge Plant will be our nation’s only source of enriched uranium, and it will be the basis of peaceful nonproliferation agreements.