BOISE, Idaho — Companies are racing to provide radioactive fuel for America’s nuclear renaissance, and they’re powering debate along the way.
Even as the government continues to oppose Iran’s efforts to enrich uranium for power plants, projects to do just that are under way in this country. General Electric Co. and USEC Inc., along with European rivals Urenco Ltd. and Areva Inc., are pushing billions worth of new U.S. enrichment plants or technology so they don’t miss the new uranium boom.
Opponents including the Union of Concerned Scientists fear that sends the wrong message to countries like Iran. The group argues that it’s unclear that the U.S. really needs new facilities when it could just import nuclear fuel.
The story focuses on developments in Idaho, with Areva playing a significant role in addressing U.S. energy needs through domestic production. Now that’s real energy security.
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