Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Virtual Museum

Local Impact of the Plant

The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant has had a significant impact on southern Ohio. This section covers the impact the plant had during the construction phase in the 1950s.

Site Selection  |  Land Acquisition  |  Source of Workforce  |  Housing  |  Local Infrastructure  |  Schools  |  Transportation

  Local Impact - Land Acquisition Procedure
While the Army Corps. of Engineers prepared for land acquisition, the site was being surveyed.

The Corps of Engineers, U. S. Army, was selected to manage the acquisition of land because of the availability of qualified and experienced personnel. Washington management arranged to use such personnel in the acquisition of all properties required for the new site.

In a letter dated August 11, 1952 to Lt. Gen. Pick, Commanding General, Corps of EngiĀ­neers, the General Manager for the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission, (Mr. M. W. Boyer) designated the approximate boundaries of the selected site near Portsmouth and requested that the Corps of Engineers start the purchase of land immediately. The Huntington District Office of the Corps of Engineers was assigned this task and promptly set up headquarters in Waverly, Ohio.

In order to prohibit speculation and soaring prices, condemnation proceedings were filed with the Justice Department on all affected tracts simultaneously with the public announcement of the site location on August 12, 1952. The originally designated plant area encompassed approximately 6,450 acres. The final decisions for plant lay-out to meet security requirements reduced the necessary land area to approximately 3,700 acres, with the remainder released for reversion to private ownership late in 1952.

Local Impact - Land Acquisition Procedure
A home rescued and moved for the widening of Route 23

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