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A planned involuntary reduction in force for the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) project at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant has been cancelled in the wake of President Barack Obama's signing of the 2015 Omnibus Bill on Tuesday evening.

The bill, which provides funding for the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year, provides $78 million of supplemental appropriations for the project. 

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Funding for the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) project at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) at Piketon has been included in the draft 2015 fiscal year omnibus legislation issued by the U.S. Congress, it was announced on Wednesday, but as of Friday, the legislation was still not finalized and funding for the D&D project remained uncertain.

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With the continuing resolution funding decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant at Piketon running out on December 11, several area county commissioners as well as Herman Potter, president of United Steelworkers Local 689, are expressing concerns about the future of the D&D project.

A rally has been scheduled in support of the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) project of the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, which is located at Piketon.

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Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-2nd District) introduced an amendment to the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday to increase decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) funds by $15 million for the ongoing cleanup project at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon.

According to Wenstrup's office, Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH-6th District) and Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH-15th District), who also represent southern Ohio districts, joined Wenstrup in working "to keep the federal government's commitment to cleaning up Cold War contamination."

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The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site at Piketon has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with two awards for environmental stewardship.

According to DOE, the Portsmouth facility recently received a 2013 Sustainability Award for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and a Gold Level Award in the Federal Electronics Challenge.