New Uranium Plant Not Coming to the Area

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

Andrews and Lea Counties will not get a shot at landing a multi-billion dollar uranium enrichment factory.

Areva Incorporated has decided to build the new plant in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Lea and Andrews Counties had made the short list along with sites in Ohio and Washington.

Some of the deciding factors that worked against our two counties were a workforce shortage and the high cost of electricity.

There is already plenty of similar business in the area. Louisiana Energy Services is already building a 1.5 billion dollar uranium plant near Eunice, New Mexico.