Skip Navigation
Depleted UF6 Logo (Go to Home Page)

DUF6 GuideDUF6 Guide
 Overview Presentation
 Uranium and Its Compounds
 Depleted Uranium
 Uranium Hexafluoride
 Production and Handling
 DUF6 Health Risks
 DUF6 Environmental Risks
 DUF6 Videos
 Uranium Quick Facts
DUF6 Guide DU Uses DUF6 Management and Uses DUF6 Conversion EIS Documents  News FAQs Internet Resources Glossary

Uses for Enriched and Depleted Uranium

Fate of U and Depleted UF6
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.

Next Screen Current Status of Depleted UF6