Metropolis, III., plant is the only U.S. facility to convert uranium ore into uranium hexafluoride for enriched uranium production
MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., March 26, 2020 — Honeywell today announced that its Metropolis Works Plant, which produces an essential compound to fuel nuclear power plants, received approval by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to operate for an additional 40 years. The new license for the plant, located in Metropolis, III., will expire on March 24, 2060. The facility is currently in a “ready-idle” state. This license renewal enables Honeywell to restart operations within the next 40 years, when market conditions improve to operate sustainably.
Metropolis Works is the only facility in the U.S. to convert uranium ore into uranium hexafluoride (UF6) for use in the production of enriched uranium to fuel nuclear power plants. The plant opened in 1958.
“The NRC decision to grant Honeywell’s request for a 40-year license extension displays a significant vote of confidence that the Metropolis facility has the capability to remain as a critical part of the U.S. nuclear fuel infrastructure, supplying both our U.S. and global customers for the foreseeable future,” said Sanjeev Rastogi, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Fluorine Products.
Nuclear power plants provide about 20% of America’s electricity and uranium conversion is critical to the nuclear fuel cycle. Honeywell obtains uranium oxide from mills and in-situ recovery facilities and converts it to UF6, which is transported to other facilities to be enriched and subsequently made into fuel for use in commercial nuclear power reactors.
The NRC’s review is documented in a final safety evaluation report, published this month, and an environmental assessment published in October 2019.
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