PortsFuture Project to Organize Community Visioning Meetings

March 24, 2011

On March 15th in Chillicothe, Ohio and on March 17th in Portsmouth, Ohio, Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs hosted two successful kick-off meetings to organize community visioning teams that represented community perspectives on possible future uses of the DOE facility in Piketon, Ohio. The combined events drew an audience of over 100 attendees from Jackson, Pike, Ross, and Scioto counties.Participants advanced a host of possible future use options for the site including conventional and/or alternative energy production and encouraged progress on the American Centrifuge Plant project that is seeking loan guarantees in order to expand operations. 

The Voinovich School announced the dates of the next Community Visioning Team meetings and encouraged residents of the four counties to participate by attending both of the two sessions in their area where community visions will be further developed.

April 19 and May 3, from 5:30pm-8:00pm:

Scioto - at Shawnee State University, Portsmouth

Jackson – at the OSU Extension Office, Jackson


April 20 and May 4, from 5:30pm-8:00pm:

Pike – at the Pike County YMCA, Waverly

Ross – at the PACCAR Medical Education Center, Chillicothe

RSVP requested if you plan to attend: 740.593.2222 or info@portsfuture.com

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University was awarded a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a public engagement and environmental research project to develop scenarios for the possible future use of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio.  The scenarios will include input from a wide cross-section of stakeholders and will be integrated with DOE cleanup plans for the site to promote cost-effective, efficient remediation.

The plant produced low-level enriched uranium during the cold war and later for domestic nuclear power plants and ceased operations in 2001. Currently, the facility is being decontaminated and decommissioned.

The project is led by Scott Miller of the Voinovich School and Michele Morrone, associate professor in the College of Health Sciences and Professions.