Secretary of Energy Rick Perry will visit the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant and former American Centrifuge Project facility in Piketon on Monday, July 31st.

Perry was invited to tour the facility by U.S. Senator Rob Portman to get a firsthand look at the cleanup effort and its impact on the local economy. 

“I’m excited to announce that Secretary Perry has accepted my invitation to visit the cleanup site of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant to get a firsthand look at the cleanup work and to see the importance of the work to the local economy," said Portman.

Portman said Friday Perry hopes to help better manage the work at the site so it can be cleaned up faster and put back into use for a new purpose.

"Secretary Perry made a personal commitment to me that he will use his executive experience to better manage the work at Piketon to ensure the site can be cleaned up faster and reindustrialized for a new purpose that will benefit the Piketon economy," Portman said.