U.S. Republican senators on Thursday introduced a bill banning U.S. imports of uranium from Russia to punish Moscow for invading Ukraine.
The administration of the roads comes to the Russian nuclear company Rosatom, the world’s largest supplier of fuel and technology to power plants, as sanctions are being weighed.
The U.S. ban on imports of Russian energy from the U.S., such as oil and liquefied natural gas, does not yet include uranium.
“While banning Russian oil, gas and coal imports is an important step, it cannot be the last,” said Sen. John Barrasso, who introduced the bill.
Barrasso represents Wyoming, a state that could benefit from a resurgence of U.S. uranium mining.
“Banning Russian uranium imports will further eradicate Russian war machines, help stimulate American uranium production and increase our national security,” he added.
The United States has more than 90 nuclear reactors, more than any other country, and is dependent on imported uranium. Russian uranium accounted for 16% of U.S. purchases in 2020, according to the Energy Information Administration, with Canada and Kazakhstan each accounting for 22%.
Russia also supplies a highly enriched, low-density uranium (HALEU) fuel, which is enriched to 20% and can be used in advanced nuclear power plants to be developed in this decade or in the 2030s.
The United States should act swiftly to impose a ban on building more internal capacity to supply HALEU.
Kathryn Huff, who was appointed by President Joe Biden as Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy and now a senior U.S. Department of Energy official, told Barrasso at Thursday’s appointment: “I think it’s important to get rid of ourselves. Our critical fuel source unstable and unreliable, including uranium. “
The Nuclear Energy Institute, the industry’s main trading group, supports the development of the U.S. uranium industry.
Many environmental groups and tribes have spoken out against expanding the industry to the western lands of the United States.
(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and was automatically created from a union feed.)