Wastin' away in New Mexico

Paskus, Laura
October 2006
High Country News;10/16/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 19, p6
The article focuses on the difficulties in constructing the uranium enrichment facility by Louisiana Energy Services Inc. (LES), owned by European consortium URENCO, in the U.S. By 1989, LES proposed a facility in Homer, Louisiana and nearer Hartsville, Tennessee, but the residents opposed those plans. In August 2003, LES announced that they abandoned the plans in Tennessee and planned to come in New Mexico. In June 2005, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and State Attorney General Patricia Madrid announces that they had an agreement with LES in allowing the facility to store depleted uranium. In return, LES maintains financial assurance to the disposal of uranium waste. By August 2006, LES has started the construction of its facility.


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