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Governor says state will aid workers losing jobs as US halts Ohio uranium enrichment project


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says the state will offer job-search support and other help for workers affected when the federal government halts a southern Ohio uranium enrichment project.

The Department of Energy plans to end its contract for the American Centrifuge Project in Piketon at the end of September. About 235 workers have been notified of possible layoffs.

The governor says state officials are scheduled to visit Piketon next week and are ensuring local workforce teams have resources to help affected workers. A transition center in Pike County offers information about unemployment benefits and training opportunities.

Kasich says such help also will be available for workers affected if local fears come true and funding changes slow down the separate uranium plant cleanup project in Piketon that employs hundreds of people.

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