New Mexico Uranium Plant Opens in Eunice

Staff Report
The Associated Press

EUNICE, N.M. (AP) - Dignitaries gathered Wednesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a $3 billion uranium enrichment plant in southeastern New Mexico, the first major nuclear facility to be licensed in the United States in the past three decades.

The Louisiana Energy Services plant in Eunice, N.M., currently has more than 1,000 construction and contracting jobs. It is expected to have 308 full-time jobs.

Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., calls the plant "a unique opportunity for New Mexico and our nation." He says the first phase of the plant will provide up to 25 percent of United States nuclear fuel needs, with plans to double its capacity to supply 50 percent.