Enrichment: Urenco's Tails Processing Challenges and Opportunities

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Deconversion of depleted uranium, the "tails" byproduct of uranium enrichment, is a process that both government contractors and commercial players find difficult to master. In the US, contractors have for the past decade floundered in the operation of plants in Ohio and Kentucky dedicated to deconverting the US government's legacy tails. And European enricher Urenco continues to struggle in the commissioning of its UK Tails Management Facility (TMF). However, should Urenco succeed in turning around the TMF, it might in the future pose a compelling commercial alternative for disposition of US legacy tails.

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