The global demand for uranium is changing. While the majority of uranium produced today ends up used in power plants, the metallic element can also be enriched to make weapons-grade material usable in a nuclear weapon. From mining to processing — uranium takes an often hidden journey that stretches the globe. Stimson expert Cindy Vestergaard recently traveled to the White Mesa Mill in San Juan County, Utah — the only operating conventional uranium mill in the United States — to see firsthand the safeguards in place from the start of the uranium extraction process.
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