Treasurer Pushes for White House Support of Uranium
Wyoming State Treasurer Curtis Meier has sent letters to President Donald Trump and other key officials on Tuesday, May 14, asking them to advance “stable and secure” domestic uranium mining.
This comes after the U.S. Department of Commerce submitted a report to the White House in April regarding the effect uranium imports could have on national security.
“Wyoming is home to the largest uranium mining operations in the United States,” Meier stated in the letters. “This industry is vital for the nation and for the economic well-being of our communities.”
In the correspondence, Meier also noted that the number of jobs in the uranium industry in Wyoming is less than half of what they were in 2013.
Preliminary data for 2018 shows that domestic uranium producers supplied less than 2 percent of the needs of all U.S. power plants.
“The uranium mining industry in Wyoming welcomes the opportunity to compete in a fair global marketplace,” Meier wrote. “In fact, the industry would flourish in an open market committed to worker safety and environmental safeguards.”
International treaties also mandate that U.S. nuclear ships and submarines are powdered by domestic uranium.
According to the Wyoming Mining Association, the state is still a nationwide leader in uranium production, with an estimated 2 million pounds produced in 2016. The most substantial deposits run from central Wyoming throughout northeast Wyoming and into the Black Hills.
The President has 90 days from the report submittal date of April 15 to act and officer recommendations on the Department of Commerce report, outlining the effects of uranium imports on national security.