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Declassification of Today's Highly Enriched Uranium Inventories at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Portsmouth, Ohio and the K-25 Site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the Press Secretary, Washington, DC 20585


Declassification of Today's Highly Enriched Uranium Inventories at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Portsmouth, Ohio and the K-25 Site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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Background
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Who Are the Key Stakeholders?
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Questions and Answers

The Department of Energy has declassified the highly enriched uranium inventories at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Portsmouth, Ohio, and at the K-25 Site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Highly enriched uranium is defined as uranium having an enrichment above 20 percent of the fissionable isotope uranium-235.

Specifically

Background

Benefits

Who Are the Key Stakeholders?

Contact

U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Public Affairs
Contact: Sam Grizzle
(202) 586-5806


U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the Press Secretary, Washington, DC 20585


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q. It has been reported that the cascades at Portsmouth may be used to blend down higher enrichments. Why is this necessary?

A. Portsmouth will not be used for blending down highly enriched uranium from U.S. military programs but may be used to convert highly enriched uranium to low enrichment for use in commercial nuclear fuel. The cascades provide a convenient facility for doing so.

Q. Is highly enriched uranium produced also at Paducah, Kentucky?

A. No. Only low enriched uranium.


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