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NRC To Meet With USEC Officials April 26 To Discuss Shutdown of Enrichment Operations at the Portsmouth Plant

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No. III-01-013   April 19, 2001
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NRC TO MEET WITH USEC OFFICIALS APRIL 26 TO DISCUSS SHUTDOWN OF ENRICHMENT OPERATIONS AT THE PORTSMOUTH PLANT


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will meet with U.S. Enrichment Corporation officials April 26 in Piketon, Ohio, to discuss the status of the company's plans for shutting down commercial uranium enrichment activities at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant by June.

NRC, USEC and Department of Energy officials have met periodically to discuss the projected closure.

The meeting will be at 1 p.m. EDT at the plant's XT-801 South Office Building in room 123. The plant is located at 3930 U.S. Route 23 in Piketon. The meeting is open for public observation, although participation is limited to NRC and USEC management personnel. NRC staff members will be available after the meeting to answer questions from the public.

Last year USEC announced that the production of enriched uranium would continue at both the Portsmouth plant and the Paducah, Kentucky, Gaseous Diffusion Plant until June of this year. By that date, USEC anticipates it will cease enrichment operations at the Portsmouth plant, after having upgraded the Paducah plant to enrich uranium up to 5.5% from its previous enrichment level of 2.75%. The enriched uranium is used as fuel in nuclear power plants. The NRC approved the Paducah upgrade in March.

Directions to the plant:

From the north: Take 23 south to 32 east. Travel about two miles to Shyville Road. Turn south (right) on Shyville and travel to Perimeter Road which surrounds the plant (about two miles). Turn left onto Perimeter Road. Do NOT take the exit ramp to the Administration Building. Continue south to the second right, turn right on Hewes Street. The XT-801 building is the first building on the left. Please enter at the south door.

From the south: Take 23 north to the Wakefield exit. Turn right next to the abandoned rest stop. Take the second road to the right (Big Run Road). Travel until it ends at Perimeter Road which surrounds the plant (about two miles). Turn right onto Perimeter Road, and take the first left (Hewes Street). The XT-801 building is the first building on the left. Please enter at the south door.


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