Using nuclear power to generate electricity provides many benefits: it’s low carbon, it diversifies our electricity supply, it operates reliably on a constant basis, and it provides substantial economic benefits in communities where plants operate and to U.S. companies who supply the global nuclear industry.
Find out how the uranium fuel that powers the world’s nuclear reactors is mined and processed in several important steps that make up the nuclear fuel cycle.
Uranium enrichment is the process of increasing the concentration of U235 isotope in natural uranium and decreasing that of U238 isotope. Enrichment is a critical step in transforming natural uranium into nuclear fuel to produce electricity.
Confused about what a SWU is? Can’t tell LEU from HEU? Here are the meanings to terms used in the nuclear fuel business every day.
The UF6 Manual: Good Handling Practices for Uranium Hexafluoride, USEC-651, is the ninth revision of a document first issued by the Atomic Energy Agency in 1957 to provide information on how UF6 is handled in a uranium enrichment plant.
This document, which was published in 2006, is neither a rule nor a standard, but rather a general description of how to manage UF6.