Apr 28, 2012

Politics stands in the way of nuclear future...$2 billion national gamble on nuclear energy.

PIKETON, Ohio – Three dozen 43-foot-tall centrifuges swirl quietly in a cavernous building in southern Ohio, ready to turn uranium hexafluoride into the enriched fuel that can power America's nuclear power plants.

They stand like stacks of poker chips on a table — the ante for what could be a $2 billion national gamble on nuclear energy.

Energy company USEC wants federal loan guarantees to allow it to build 11,000 centrifuges here, which would spin out enough fuel to power about three dozen nuclear power plants non-stop.

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