Uses for Enriched and Depleted Uranium
Fate of U and Depleted UF6
Enriched uranium is used for the defense needs of the United States and in making fuel for commercial light water nuclear power reactors. Highly enriched uranium, typically used for military purposes, has not been produced in the United States since 1992.
Depleted UF6 has had only limited uses, and since gaseous diffusion was initiated in the 1940s, large quantities of depleted UF6 has accumulated at the gaseous diffusion plants where it was created.
Long-term management of this depleted UF6 is being investigated under the U.S. Department of Energy's Depleted UF6 Management Program. The Depleted UF6 PEIS was prepared as part of this effort.
Current Status of Depleted UF6