Uranium Enrichment at GE-Hitachi in Castle Hayne

Nuclear energy is nothing if not controversial.  Environmentalists call out the potential for accidents and the question of what to do with the toxic waste.  But proponents of nuclear energy say a new generation of reactors – integral fast reactors – or IFRs – could solve these problems. 

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, there will be eight million jobs in science, technology, engineering and math in this country by 2018.

The Rachel Freeman School of Engineering focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education that would build an aptitude for these jobs. The school’s partnership with GE-Hitachi helped participants celebrate National Engineers Week with activities and presentations.  

Why is the unemployment rate in North Carolina so stubborn? 

GE-Hitachi’s subsidiary Global Laser Enrichment is poised to receive a license to build and operate the world’s first laser-based uranium enrichment plant. 

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. 

Christopher White, GE-Hitachi

Alligators, red-cockaded woodpeckers, and coyotes don’t have much in common – except that they all happen to share living quarters on GE-Hitachi’s Castle Hayne campus.  As WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, the site, just outside of Wilmington, was recently certified as a National Wildlife Habitat.

The United States Department of Energy is injecting nearly 13 million dollars into nuclear energy technology. 

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