Piketon Gazette

Group opposed waste site appeals to Pike rep

December 02, 2006

The Gazette Staff

PIKETON - Part of a group trying to stop a nuclear waste processing site from locating at a former gaseous diffusion plant in Pike County now is asking help from another congressman.

Portsmouth/Piketon Residents for Environment Safety and Security (PRESS) sent a letter to Rep. David Hobson, R-Springfield, Friday asking him to help them stop the move.

The letter was written by Vina Colley, who has been a long-time activist for sick workers in the area, and Nathan Noy, a former lobbyist who now lives in Piketon and ran as a write-in candidate in the recent 2nd District congressional race. In it, the group urges Hobson to make the halting of the nuclear waste processing site his "lasting legacy."

PRESS acknowledged Hobson as the current chair of the House Appropriations Committee, which has oversight over the Energy Department.

"The people of Southern Ohio need your immediate assistance in helping us to stop what will be a horrible decision by the DOE," the letter reads. "We feel you are the most appropriate person to intervene on our behalf."

The Piketon site - which was proposed by the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative and a Cleveland-based group - was one of 11 semi-finalists for the federal facility that would recycle spent nuclear fuel rods and is opposed by SONG (Southern Ohio Neighbors Group).

Piketon will now receive part of $16 million in federal grants to study whether the site is feasible for such a facility.