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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission hosts a meeting tonight to discuss the recently issued Safety Evaluation Report and Environmental Impact Statement for a laser-based uranium enrichment facility proposed to be built in Wilmington.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Ballroom A of the Burney Center at UNCW. NRC staff will be available beginning at 6 p.m. to informally discuss the documents and findings with the public.

The SER and the EIS effectively complete the staff’s review of the license application filed by General Electric Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment LLC to construct and operate the facility at the site of the General Electric-Hitachi Global Nuclear Fuel-America’s fuel fabrication plant. The NRC’s Atomic and Safety Licensing Board must complete its hearing on the staff’s review before a license could be issued. That hearing is expected to take place this summer.

The SER contains the staff’s conclusion that GLE’s descriptions, specifications and analyses provide an adequate basis for safety and safeguards of facility operations and that operation of the facility would not pose an undue risk to workers or public health and safety.

The final EIS on the facility contains the staff’s conclusion that the project would have small to moderate impacts on the local environment, primarily during preconstruction activities.

The Safety Evaluation Report (NUREG-2120) and final EIS (NUREG-1938) are available through the NRC’s ADAMS online document database (ML12060A007) and (ML12047A040 and ML12047A042). Both documents are available on the NRC’s website.

GEH submitted its application in June 2009. GEH proposes to use laser-based technology to enrich uranium in the U-235 isotope to concentrations up to 8 percent by weight. The enriched uranium would be used in manufacturing fuel for commercial nuclear power plants.

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  1. Guest questions

    USEC Inc. (NYSE:USU) is a leading world supplier of nuclear fuel and advanced technology solutions. USEC operates the only U.S.-owned uranium enrichment facility in the United States.

    “USEC warned employees in December that Paducah may close because USEC had not reached agreement on a new contract”…

  2. Guest-IL

    Which is the only reason Titan Cement is also getting permitted to be here!

  3. Guest461

    Uranium enrichment and limestone quarrying are two entirely different industries with entirely different impacts. They are not related in any form or fashion.

    Try performing a little research before spouting off with ignorant comments!

  4. Guest13

    You sound like an ignorant activist, with a bitter attitude about Titan getting their permit. You obviously don’t know anything about the Uranium industry. You have too much time on your hands. You need to go look for another cause to protest about.

  5. GuestMe

    GE has been enriching uranium here in Wilmington since 1968. This process that is being approved is just a different way of enriching. GE has done wonders for our local economy for the last 44 years. Hats off to them!

  6. Guest answers?

    Ignorant? There’s no construction or building Boom here! The only need for cement is to transport and/or contain radiation or nuclear enriched uranium and it’s byproducts! These 2 permits simultaneously clearly appear linked.
    “A nuclear power plant’s containment structure consists in a more or less 1 meter thick wall of very thick and heavy reinforced concrete”

  7. Guest12

    My advice to you is to MOVE………. then you won’t have to worry about a cement plant or a Uranium Enrichment plant that will employ hundreds.

  8. Guest461

    …take the foil hat off and do a little research. A uranium enrichment facility is NOT a nuclear power plant and does NOT have a heavily reinforced containment structure. You’re attempting to compare oranges to kiwi fruit. Titan cement will sell their product worldwide, it is not intended in any form or fashion to serve as a materials depot for the uranium enrichment facility. There is ZERO connection between the two businesses.

  9. puella

    Read about the effects of the uranium enrichment plant in Ohio. Although, I suppose a lot of people will be employed down the line when the waste has to be cleaned up and doctors have to treat the ill.

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