DOE prepared to extend uranium RD&D program

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is prepared to extend the only uranium enrichment process employing U.S. domestic technology that can be used for national security purposes.

The DOE plans to extend the American Centrifuge cooperative research, development and demonstration (RD&D) program for three months beyond January 15, 2014, subject to Congressional appropriations.

DOE and USEC, a global energy company and a supplier of enriched uranium fuel for commercial nuclear power plants, will share costs of the program on an 80-percent/20-percent basis for a total funding level of approximately $10 million/mo.

The American Centrifuge was proposed by the DOE in 2011.

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