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Potential Depleted Uranium Uses

A Depleted Uranium Uses Research and Development Program has been initiated to explore beneficial uses of depleted uranium and other materials resulting from conversion of depleted UF6.

DOE is committed to exploring the safe, beneficial use of depleted uranium and other materials resulting from conversion of depleted UF6 (e.g., fluorine and empty carbon steel cylinders) for the purposes of resource conservation and cost savings compared with disposal. Accordingly, a Depleted Uranium Uses Research and Development Program has been initiated. This program will explore the risks and benefits of several depleted uranium uses, including uses as a radiation shielding material, a catalyst, and a semi-conductor material in electronic devices.

Beneficial Uses Activities

For More Information

More information about beneficial uses activities is available in the following papers:

Contact:

Dr. M.J. Haire

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Post Office Box 2008
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6179
Email: hairemj@ornl.gov

Note:

In spite of DOE's commitment to beneficial reuse of the materials produced by conversion of depleted UF6 to a more stable chemical form, the Department intends to assure that direct disposal of these materials is also possible in the event that beneficial uses that would be protective of workers, the general public, and the environment do not materialize.




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