Home > News
  print button email button

Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012

GE-Hitachi nuke unit gets laser OK

Jiji

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a license to a company affiliated with Hitachi Ltd. and General Electric Co. to build and operate a uranium enrichment plant in North Carolina that uses laser technology.

The license is expected to boost General Electric-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment LLC's nuclear fuel-supply operations by commercializing the laser technology.

The NRC said Tuesday it has authorized the company to use the laser technology instead of centrifuges to enrich uranium up to 8 percent by weight in the fissile isotope uranium-235.

The company applied in June 2009 to build and run the plant as the first commercial uranium enrichment plant using laser technology. After assessing the environmental effects, the NRC concluded that there would be "no significant environmental impacts that would preclude licensing the facility."



We welcome your opinions. Click to send a message to the editor.

The Japan Times

Article 9 of 12 in Business news

Previous Next



Back to Top

About us |  Work for us |  Contact us |  Privacy policy |  Link policy |  Registration FAQ
Advertise in japantimes.co.jp.
This site has been optimized for modern browsers. Please make sure that Javascript is enabled in your browser's preferences.
The Japan Times Ltd. All rights reserved.