Staff ReportThe Associated Press

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - The company that is building a southeastern New Mexico uranium enrichment plant is preparing for its final review from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission before starting its centrifuges and going into production.

Louisiana Energy Services president Reinhardt Hinterreither gave an update on the $3 billion facility's readiness to the Legislature's Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee on

Monday in Hobbs.

He says the company expects federal regulators to conduct a final readiness review in mid-November with inspections in December and January. An exact date for the Eunice facility to begin operations has not been determined.