GLE will apply for license to build laser enrichment facility in Paducah

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Global Laser Enrichment (GLE) notified the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission of its intent to apply for a license to construct and operate a laser enrichment facility at Paducah. According to the GLE letter, posted at the NRC site,

The license application is associated with GLE’s plans to construct and operate a new laser enrichment facility on or near the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) site. This facility, referred to as the Paducah Laser Enrichment Facility (PLEF), is anticipated to be deployed as part of an agreement between GLE and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to purchase and re-enrich certain DOE inventories of depleted UF6.

In September 2012 GLE received an NRC license “to construct and operate a uranium enrichment plant using laser technology in Wilmington, N.C.” Construction of that facility, known also as a Castle Hayne plant, has not started yet.

 

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