Quotes from Supporters of The American Centrifuge

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Administration

Thomas D'Agostino, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security & Administrator, NNSA, in Testimony to House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee

“What we believe is that it's very important for the United States to maintain an indigenous U.S. capability to enrich fissile material. It's important on a number of fronts. One of the fronts ultimately is to provide the material that…the Naval Reactors Program will absolutely need in order to keep the submarines and aircraft carriers operating. It’s important…for… unencumbered, domestically produced low enriched uranium so that I can continue to have tritium for our nuclear stockpile. But it's important on other fronts as well, particularly we believe that…other countries need to have confidence in the uranium enrichment market to be able to supply its needs, and…that confidence is absolutely important to market stability. That's why we feel it's important that we don't focus necessarily on USEC…but we focus on what is the most promising technology to date to maintain an indigenous U.S. capability. […] We believe the technology that's developed is the closest and best opportunity for the U.S. to maintain a capability for national security purposes.”

DOE Secretary Steven Chu in Testimony before Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

“We have international treaties which we want to abide by, nonproliferation treaties which says that the uranium used in nuclear security -- for nuclear security purposes actually has to be indigenous to that country. It's a very wise treaty, because you don't want one country to be using technology of another country to enrich uranium that they can turn into weapons. So we need our own indigenous source of uranium for -- to maintain our stockpile, also uranium that we need to produce...for that stockpile.”

DOE Secretary Steven Chu writing to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

I continue to believe ACP offers an innovative technology approach to uranium enrichment that offers both national security and economic benefits.

Presidential candidate Barack Obama writing to Ohio Governor Ted Strickland

"Under my administration, energy programs that promote safe and environmentally-sound technologies and are domestically produced, such as the enrichment facility in Ohio, will have my full support. I will work with the Department of Energy to help make loan guarantees available for this and other advanced energy programs that reduce carbon emissions and break the tie to high cost, foreign energy sources."

Other

General James L. Jones, Former National Security Advisor, writing in an Op-Ed for The Hill

“The disappearance of a domestically owned capability would not only undermine U.S. leadership in a highly consequential arena of global commerce and security, it would render us dependent on foreign-controlled sources of uranium enrichment. This could increase the vulnerability not only of America’s commercial nuclear industry but of our national nuclear arsenal. Tritium, produced using enriched uranium, is necessary to maintain and modernize our nuclear weapons. Relying on foreign suppliers for material essential for maintaining the safety, security and reliability of our nuclear capability is unacceptable. It is critical that the federal government continue to invest in the research and development of technologies necessary to sustain modern and commercially viable domestic enrichment capability.”

Norman Augustine, Retired Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp., writing in an Op-Ed in The Washington Times

“The national security issues tied to the loss of U.S. domestic enrichment capability go beyond proliferation concerns, extending to the reliable operation of our own nuclear deterrent. Of immediate concern is our need to produce domestically a component essential to the working of certain weapons in our nation’s nuclear arsenal that deteriorates with time and therefore must be replenished periodically. The U.S. government has not produced any such material on its own since 1988 and instead has relied on reactors operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to produce it. Because of peaceful-use restrictions on foreign enrichment technologies, the fuel for the TVA reactors must come from a U.S. source. Once the lone U.S.-owned enrichment plant closes, the nation will lack the domestic source needed to maintain the effectiveness of a substantial part of America’s deterrent nuclear force. With energy and national security ranking high on our nation’s list of national priorities, it would be folly for the United States to back itself into such a corner.”

USEC Inc. Employee Rachel S. Lawson in a Letter to the Editor of the Columbus Dispatch on why her job is so important.

"Numbers are often tossed around so easily that they tend to lose any sort of real meaning: 2 million jobs saved or created, $787 billion economic stimulus. While we all discuss these astronomic figures as though we have even an inkling of what they actually mean, there is only one number that really matters: one. One job in my family is the difference between sinking or swimming, not just for my family but for many others."

Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce President Parker Hardy writing to President Barack Obama

"As Congress and your administration move forward to provide stimulus for the nation’s economy, it is vital to advance those initiatives already positioned to create jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance American technologies. The American Centrifuge Project is one such vital initiative."

USW Local 689 President Bobby Graff writing to President Barack Obama

"If this project goes forward, it will produce much needed jobs, not only in southern Ohio, but will extend to other states as well."

U.S. Congress

U.S. Representatives Whitfield, Schmidt, Fleischmann, Boehner, Johnson, Duncan, LaTourette, Tiberi, Latta, Turner, Austria, Gibbs, DesJarlais, Stivers, Renacci and Chabot writing to DOE Secretary Chu

It is imperative that we move forward with American Centrifuge, and that the Paducah plant continues to operate so we have the ability to provide uranium from a reliable and secure source for our national security and domestic needs.

U.S. Senators George Voinovich, Sherrod Brown, Arlen Specter, Jay Rockefeller, and Jeff Sessions writing to DOE Secretary Steven Chu

"Mr. Secretary, we believe it is imperative that we invest in critical technologies while at the same time ensuring that the critical workforce to develop, manufacture, and operate these facilities is maintained. We are confident that any plan you develop to fund investment in the American Centrifuge Project and its workforce will be well received. We look forward to working with you to make this happen."

U.S. Representatives Jean Schmidt, John Boehner, Charlie Wilson, Zach Space and Mike Turner writing to DOE Secretary Steven Chu

"In these challenging economic times, it is imperative that every step is taken to ensure that the loan guarantee program is a success in helping companies bring energy security to our nation. These loan guarantees must be directed to the most qualified candidates needing financial assistance. The American Centrifuge Project best meets the purpose of the program as established by Congress."

U.S. Senators George Voinovich and Sherrod Brown writing to DOE Secretary Sam Bodman

"The construction of the American Centrifuge Plant located in Piketon, Ohio, is critical to the economic well-being of southern Ohio, to domestic energy security and to re-establishing America’s global leadership in advanced nuclear technologies."

U.S. Senators George Voinovich and Sherrod Brown writing to DOE Secretary Steven Chu

"The intent of Congress was to develop and grow domestic energy sources through the loan guarantee program. Without the expedited processing and subsequent award of the loan guarantee for the project, good paying jobs are at stake, our national security is at state, and freedom from dependency on foreign sources of enriched uranium is at stake."

U.S. Senators George Voinovich and Sherrod Brown writing to DOE Secretary Steven Chu

"The continuation of domestically owned and produced uranium enrichment is vital to our national security."

U.S. Senator George Voinovich

"For Ohio and the nation, this project is a step in the right direction towards ensuring the global nuclear renaissance is led by American technology and American workers."

November 10, 2009

U.S. Representatives Jean Schmidt, John Boehner, Charlie Wilson, Zach Space and Mike Turner writing to DOE Secretary Steven Chu

"[T]he intent of the loan guarantee program is to foster the development of new, innovative technologies that reduce emissions and are used for the first time in the United States. Companies introducing these new technologies would, naturally, find it difficult to attract financial support in the commercial market. Thus, this program is designed to assist them. The American Centrifuge Plant epitomizes these criteria."

U.S. Representatives Zack Space, Jean Schmidt, Steve Austria, Jim Jordan, Steve LaTourette, Bob Latta, Tim Ryan, Pat Tiberi, Michael Turner, Zach Wamp, Ed Whitfield, and Charlie Wilson writing to DOE Secretary Steven Chu

"Mr. Secretary, we believe it is imperative that we invest in critical technologies while at the same time ensuring that the critical workforce to develop, manufacture, and operate these facilities is maintained. We are confident that any plan you develop to fund investment in the American Centrifuge Project and its workforce will be well received. We look forward to working with you to make this happen."

U.S. Representative Jean Schmidt writing to President Barack Obama

"The American Centrifuge Plant is the only commercial uranium enrichment facility using U.S. owned and operated centrifuge technology in the United States. This technology has the capability to provide dependable, long-term nuclear fuel production capability and would significantly reduce emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gasses."

State

Tennessee State Senator Randy McNally writing to DOE Secretary Steven Chu

"As our local economy and infrastructure transitions away from its Cold War legacy towards one built on a new energy economy, the reemergence of the American Centrifuge has been a boon to the local economy. Not only has it provided work for former nuclear engineers, but it has helped ignite resurgence in these once dormant fields and placed Oak Ridge back in the middle of our nation’s energy future."

Ohio State Representative Raymond A. Pryor writing to President Barack Obama

"The American Centrifuge Project is an energy independence issue, a national security issue, and a jobs issue – jobs in this region and around the nation. This is an opportunity to achieve an array of important nation objectives with one decision."

Tennessee State Senator Randy McNally writing in an Op-Ed for the Chattanooga Times Free Press

"After many years of sporadic support for advancing nuclear energy technology, the American Centrifuge Project has placed Oak Ridge and Tennessee back in the middle of our nation’s energy future. The project is one of those key opportunities by which we can promote innovative American technologies, while creating high-paying jobs and reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy all at once. We need DOE to act quickly to support this project."

September 13, 2009

Governors Ted Strickland, Martin O’Malley, Phil Bredesen and Steve Beshear writing to President Barack Obama

"Companies in our states are providing the domestic infrastructure to support the ACP and approval of this loan guarantee will be an important step in the economic recovery for our states and the nation."

Governors Ted Strickland, Martin O’Malley, Phil Bredesen and Steve Beshear writing to President Barack Obama

"As the nation’s only domestic provider of enriched uranium, USEC is also essential to U.S. energy security and national security."