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  1. States submit final proposals for USEC's next generation nuclear fuel test facility

    BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 29, 2002 -- USEC Inc. announced that it has received final proposals from the states of Kentucky and Ohio for a next generation test facility for enriching uranium fuel for commercial nuclear power plants. USEC sites in Paducah, Kentucky and near Portsmouth, Ohio are being considered for the company's "lead cascade" facility, which will showcase improvements to already proven U.S. gas centrifuge uranium enrichment technology. The final proposals are updates to initial proposals submitted by the states in September. "Our selection process is on track for the planned announcement of the lead cascade site later this year," said Dennis Spurgeon, USEC executive vice president and chief operating officer. "We appreciate the thoughtful proposals put together by the states of Kentucky and Ohio and we will continue to work with both states to ensure that we make the most economical and appropriate decision." The lead cascade will demonstrate the basic building block of a commercial enrichment plant. It will consist of up to 240 full-scale centrifuge machines, enriching uranium in a closed cycle. Its purpose is to provide updated cost, schedule and performance data for building a $1 billion to $1.5 billion commercial centrifuge enrichment plant. "We are confident that successful demonstration of the lead cascade will attract partners and/or investors for the construction of the commercial enrichment plant," said Spurgeon. Operation of the lead cascade is scheduled to begin in 2005. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) spent more than two decades and $3 billion on centrifuge technology. USEC's centrifuge program uses this same, proven technology but improves its economics through the use of state-of-the-art materials, control systems and manufacturing processes. "Based on the performance of machines previously built and operated by DOE, we expect this centrifuge design to be the most efficient uranium enrichment technology in the world," said Spurgeon. On September 5, USEC announced that it will spend $150 million over the next five years to deploy the lead cascade. More recently, USEC finalized an agreement with UT-Battelle LLC, approved by DOE, to expand cooperative efforts to deploy U.S. centrifuge technology. USEC Inc., a global energy company, is a supplier of enriched uranium fuel for commercial nuclear power plants. Source: USEC Inc.

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    Tue, 29 Oct 2002

  2. U.S., S. Korea, reach civil nuclear deal

    The U.S. and South Korea revised a treaty that continues to deny South Korea the right to enrich uranium or reprocess spent nuclear fuel.

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    Wed, 22 Apr 2015

  3. US Senate panel approves Vietnam nuke agreement

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved an agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnam, as Washington looks to expand its relationship with its former Southeast Asian foe.

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    Wed, 23 Jul 2014

  4. Nuclear News: Iran wants to greatly expand uranium enrichment

    Depending on its level, enriched uranium can be used for reactor fuel or the core of a nuclear weapon. Iran says it does not want such arms.

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    Wed, 9 Jul 2014

  1. Iran official concerned for nuclear power plant

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    Mon, 14 Apr 2014

  2. US Senate panel approves nuclear power agreement with Vietnam

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved an agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnam.

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    Wed, 23 Jul 2014

  3. Iran nuclear plant set to launch after decades of delay

    After decades of delay and sanctions, Iran will launch on Saturday its Russian-built first nuclear power plant in the face of Western suspicion that its atomic programme has a covert military agenda.

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    Thu, 19 Aug 2010

  4. Report: Duke and Areva may build Ohio nuclear power plant

    Ohio newspapers report that Duke Energy, Areva and the U.S. Enrichment Corp. could announce as early as Thursday plans to build a nuclear power plant in southern Ohio.

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    Wed, 17 Jun 2009

  5. Military tensions rise in Iran nuclear controversy as IAEA mission fails

    Inspectors from the International Atomic x Agency reported Tuesday that their mission to inspect Iran's nuclear program had failed. They say Tehran blocked their access to what inspectors thought could be a testing area and refused to agree on a process for resolving questions about the "possible ...

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2012

  6. States compete for USEC's next generation nuclear fuel test facility

    Kentucky and Ohio have both submitted proposals for the siting of a USEC test facility that will showcase improvements to DOE's centrifuge uranium enrichment technology.

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    Thu, 5 Sep 2002

  7. USEC and Exelon reach long-term supply agreement

    USEC Inc. announced it has reached agreement with Exelon Generation Company, LLC, subject to Exelon's internal approval, to supply SWU for a period of six years for the 17 nuclear power reactors operated by Exelon.

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    Thu, 12 Jun 2003

  8. USEC tells nuclear industry it will operate world's most efficient fuel facility

    USEC Inc. told the nuclear industry that in 2005 it will be operating a commercial-sized centrifuge module that will showcase improvements to the DOE centrifuge uranium enrichment technology.

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    Mon, 9 Sep 2002

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