U.S. Uranium Production Lowest Since 2005
U.S. Energy Information Administration ------ U.S. production of uranium concentrate (U308) totaled 2.9 million pounds in 2016, 13% lower than the uranium produced in 2015 and the lowest annual U.S. production since 2005. U.S. uranium concentrate production in 2016 was less than 7% of the historical peak production level of 43.7 million pounds in 1980. Most of the uranium loaded into U.S. nuclear power reactors is imported. EIA surveys domestic production of uranium on a quarterly basis and imports on an annual basis. Based on the latest annual data, owners and operators of U.S. nuclear power reactors purchased 57 million pounds of uranium in 2015. Nearly half of these purchases originated from two countries, Canada and Kazakhstan, which provided 17 million pounds and 11 million pounds of uranium, respectively. To learn more about U.S. uranium production lowest since 2005 click on the picture below to read more from EIA.