COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The U.S. Department of Energy says it plans to begin managing the former Piketon uranium enrichment plant.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told a congressional subcommittee Wednesday in Washington that the department will take over the American Centrifuge Project in Piketon.
The current operator of the facility declared bankruptcy last month to restructure debt.
Ohio's senators have supported funding for the project, saying it is needed for national security and energy supplies and can be a boon for an economically struggling region. Money for the federally funded research project runs out this month.
Moniz says the technology must be protected and the government must consider how to meet national security obligations moving forward. He indicated the project's current operator, USEC, still would be involved, possibly as a subcontractor.