uranium enrichment

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Global Laser Enrichment, a subsidiary of GE-Hitachi, will wait a few more weeks for a decision on a 40-year license to build and operate the first laser-based uranium enrichment plant in the world. 

GE-Hitachi’s subsidiary, Global Laser Enrichment, is facing the last regulatory hurdle before a 40-year license is granted to enrich uranium in Castle Hayne – just outside of Wilmington.   Judges with the Atomic Safety Licensing Board have closed the final hearing to the public in its entirety.  But as WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, one nuclear watchdog group is urging officials to reconsider that closed-door decision.

General Electric

One of the final regulatory hurdles before GE-Hitachi receives a 40-year license to enrich uranium in Castle Hayne will happen behind closed doors. 


As GE-Hitachi considers whether to build a laser-based uranium enrichment plant on its campus in Castle Hayne, members of the surrounding community are generally in the dark when it comes to what – exactly -- the industrial giant might be creating in their backyards.

GE-Hitachi is working toward building a facility that would enrich uranium for utility companies to use as fuel in their nuclear power plants.

Last night, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a public review of the final Environmental Impact Statement and Safety Evaluation Report for GE Hitachi’s proposed uranium enrichment facility.