Planned Uranium Plant in Eunice, New Mexico Moving Ahead

Staff Report
The Associated Press

EUNICE, NEW MEXICO - The Louisiana Energy Services uranium enrichment facility in southeastern New Mexico is moving toward going into operation.

Centrifuges at the $3 billion National Enrichment Facility will produce enriched uranium for commercial nuclear power plants.

The head of nuclear material safety for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) told a meeting in Eunice this week the facility is reaching a critical milestone.

Michael Weber says he doesn't know when the NRC will authorize operations at the site five miles east of Eunice.

NRC staff members have been doing site inspections this week as part of a review that must be approved before LES can begin operations.

LES says three of the five buildings are already occupied, and two others are nearing completion.