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NRC receives first application in nearly two decades for new uranium recovery operation

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received an application from Energy Metals Corp. US to construct and operate an in-situ uranium recovery facility at Moore Ranch in Campbell County, Wyo. It is the first application for a new uranium recovery facility submitted to the NRC since 1988.

The NRC staff is currently reviewing the application to determine whether it contains sufficient information to begin detailed environmental and safety reviews. If the application is deemed acceptable, the agency will formally docket it and publish a notice of opportunity to request an adjudicatory hearing.

Existing uranium recovery facilities have indicated interest in resuming and expanding operations, and based on projections from industry, the NRC is expecting at least 15 applications for new facilities – including in-situ operations and conventional uranium mills – over the next three years.