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US President rejects request for uranium import quota

In their filing of January 2018, two mining companies, Ur-Energy USA and Energy Fuels Resources, had contended that imports are pushing US uranium production to the brink of collapse, and asked the Trump administration to impose a quota requiring that 25% of domestic uranium consumption be met by US producers.

On 14 April, the Secretary of Commerce submitted to the President a report on his Department’s investigation into the effect of imports of uranium (uranium ore, uranium concentrate, uranium hexafluoride, enriched uranium, and enriched uranium in fuel assemblies) on national security under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The Secretary found and advised the President of his opinion that uranium is being imported into the USA in such quantities and under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security of the USA.

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