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US House to vote Friday on federal money for uranium plant cleanup in Piketon amid veto threat

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WASHINGTON — The House is seeking to move ahead with a vote to provide extra cleanup money for a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio, even as the White House is threatening to veto it.

Lawmakers began debate Thursday on a water and energy bill that would give the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon $213 million for decontamination and decommissioning. That's $48 million above the Obama administration's request. A final vote is set for Friday.

The White House says President Barack Obama's advisers will recommend he veto the broader bill because it "drastically underfunds" investments to clean energy.

Ohio lawmakers have been pushing for more money for Piketon to give workers stability in a pocket of high unemployment in the state.

The Senate has yet to release its proposal.

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