LES Plant Preparing for More Tests

EUNICE, N.M. (AP) - A uranium enrichment facility under construction in southeastern New Mexico is preparing for more tests later this year.

Gregory Smith, chief operations officer for Louisiana Energy Services, says that if an operational readiness review and another assessment of licensing performance are successful in August and September, the plant could go online before the end of the year.

Officials with LES and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission met this week to talk about the National Enrichment Facility and the ongoing construction.

An NRC official says LES has been through one operational review, but the second one this fall will be more in depth.  The facility's centrifuges will produce enriched uranium for commercial nuclear power plants.