Oops: U.S.-mined uranium did get exported abroad by Uranium One

Oops: U.S.-mined uranium did get exported abroad by Uranium One

[Ed. – This was a key claim by apologists for the Rosatom-Uranium One deal: that it wouldn’t result in the export of U.S. uranium.  America has to import uranium because our own national supply isn’t sufficient; Congress was worried from the beginning that the Rosatom purchase of Uranium One would result in exporting our own much-needed stock.  Although Obama officials reassured them that wouldn’t happen…it did.]

After the Obama administration approved the sale of a Canadian mining company with significant U.S. uranium reserves to a firm owned by Russia’s government, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission assured Congress and the public the new owners couldn’t export any raw nuclear fuel from America’s shores.

“No uranium produced at either facility may be exported,” the NRC declared in a November 2010 press release that announced that ARMZ, a subsidiary of the Russian state-owned Rosatom, had been approved to take ownership of the Uranium One mining firm and its American assets. …

Yet NRC memos reviewed by The Hill show that it did approve the shipment of yellowcake uranium — the raw material used to make nuclear fuel and weapons — from the Russian-owned mines in the United States to Canada in 2012 through a third party. Later, the Obama administration approved some of that uranium going all the way to Europe, government documents show.

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