Left Menu
Development News Edition

Trump declines to set U.S. uranium production quotas

Reuters | Updated: 13-07-2019 09:32 IST | Created: 13-07-2019 09:31 IST
Trump declines to set U.S. uranium production quotas
Trump said in a written memorandum he did not concur with a U.S. Commerce Department investigation that found uranium imports threaten to impair U.S. national security. Image Credit: ANI

U.S. President Donald Trump late Friday declined to issue quotas for domestic uranium production but instead ordered a new 90-day review by a group of federal agencies. Trump said in a written memorandum he did not concur with a U.S. Commerce Department investigation that found uranium imports threaten to impair U.S. national security.

Trump wrote that while findings "raise significant concerns" he was ordering a deeper review. "A fuller analysis of national security considerations with respect to the entire nuclear fuel supply chain is necessary at this time." The United States sourced just 7% of its uranium domestically in 2017, with most of the rest coming from Canada, Australia, and Russia, according to the Energy Information Administration.

The U.S. uranium mining firms, as well as more than two dozen western state lawmakers, have argued that nuclear generators rely heavily on countries such as Russia, China, and Kazakhstan for uranium supply from their state-owned companies, who flood the market. Electric utility companies with nuclear power plants, including Duke Energy and Entergy, fought back hard against the miners' petition, arguing that their costs would spike if they were forced to source uranium domestically.

They had pushed back against the miners' argument that the utilities relied on adversaries like Russia, China, and Kazakhstan, saying that the United States, Canada, and Australia together accounted for nearly 60 percent of the U.S. uranium supply in 2017. Trump said the working group would make "recommendations to further enable domestic nuclear fuel production if needed."


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

5G will be the key driving force for COVID-19 recovery: Here's how?

... ...

Canada’s COVID-19 pitfalls highlight need for integrated health information system

In the globalized world of today where outbreaks can spread far and wide within a matter of days, a global-level integrated health information system is ideal but Canadas provincial barriers show that the country lags much behind in deployi...

Pandemic must be impetus, not obstacle, for clean water access

To make matters worse, there are suspicions that the inadequacy of wastewater treatment methods in California, the rest of the USA, and indeed around the world may help to propagate the disease even more widely. ...

3D printing and the future of manufacturing post COVID-19

The on-demand, customizable, and localized manufacturing of product components facilitated by 3D printing has the potential to redefine manufacturing but there are certain technical, mechanical, and legal limitations that, unless ...

Videos

Latest News

Science News Roundup: UC San Diego research lab to make environmentally friendly; British fossil hunters find bones and more

Following is a summary of current science news briefs. UC San Diego research lab to make environmentally friendly flip flops from algaeResearchers at University of California, San Diego hope to make future beach visits both environmentally ...

Moscow COVID-19 death toll rises to 4,645

Moscow Russia, August 15 ANISputnik Moscow has registered 12 deaths of patients infected with COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the Russian capitals death toll to 4,645, the citys coronavirus response center said in a statement on F...

Miel Gibson: Chilean honey vendor in sticky situation with Braveheart star

A pun on the Spanish word for honey and the name of one of the worlds most famous actors has landed a small scale Chilean vendor in a sticky situation.Yohanna Agurto used an image of Mel Gibson from the 1995 movie Braveheart to promote her ...

Hezbollah will respond if Israel behind Beirut blast, says Nasrallah

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that his group would wait for results of an investigation into the Beirut port explosion, but if it turns out to be an act of sabotage by Israel then it would pay an equal price.The le...

Give Feedback