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Domestic Uranium Production Report - Annual

With Data for 2020 Release Date: May 17, 2021 Next Release Date: May 2022 full reportPDF
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Facility status (mills, heap leach plants, and in-situ recovery plants)

At the end of 2020, Shootaring Canyon Uranium Mill in Utah and Sweetwater Uranium Project in Wyoming were on standby with a total capacity of 3,750 short tons of material per day. The White Mesa Mill in Utah is currently listed as operating and has a capacity of 2,000 short tons of material per day. In Wyoming, one heap leach plant was in the planning stages (Sheep Mountain).

At the end of 2020, the Lost Creek Project and the Smith Ranch-Highland Operation in Wyoming were operating with a combined capacity of 7.5 million pounds U3O8 per year. Nine in-situ recovery plants were on standby as of the end of 2020, and eight in-situ recovery plants were planned for four states: New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

Employment and expenditures

Total employment in the U.S. uranium production industry was 225 full-time person-years (one person year is equal to full-time employment for one person) in 2020, a decrease of 15% from the 2019 total. Total expenditures for land, exploration, drilling, production, and reclamation were $87 million in 2020, 7% more than in 2019.

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