Further to the report in NEI January 2001 a preliminary ruling by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) found that enriched uranium imports from Europe are indeed harming the US uranium enrichment industry.
The ITC determined that imports from Eurodif and Urenco have materially injured USEC, the only US supplier of enriched uranium. The US Department of Commerce will now consider whether dumping and unfair government subsidisations are taking place.
USEC’s Portsmouth enrichment plant has recently received a $161 million disbursement to operate the plant on standby and help construct a pilot gas centrifuge enrichment plant at the facility. The money is the first instalment of a $630 million package released by the DoE from funds paid to the government when USEC was privatised in 1998.