USEC Inc. understands the responsibility that corporations have to the communities in which they operate as well as to extended communities nationally and internationally.
In its role as a corporate citizen, USEC is focused on excellence in the following areas:
Safety and Reliability in Operations
USEC focuses on the safety, reliability and efficiency of its production operations because we know from experience that success in these areas results in satisfied customers, local communities, employees and shareholders.
A Cleaner Environment
USEC has invested more than $2 billion in deploying its American Centrifuge technology in order to replace the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Transitioning to the American Centrifuge for production will reduce the amount of electricity required to enrich uranium by 95 percent, leading to reduced emissions of greenhouse gasses and other pollutants.
Enriched uranium from USEC’s plant is used by more than 150 nuclear reactors around the world to produce emissions-free electricity to support our growing energy demands in an environmentally responsible manner.
Domestic Energy Security
A secure supply of energy is necessary to support the continued vibrancy and growth of our country. USEC’s American Centrifuge Plant will provide the assurance of a domestically owned and operated nuclear fuel supply for decades to come. As the country’s largest source of emissions-free electricity, America’s nuclear plants power our lives without reliance on other countries for their fuel.
The Peaceful Use of Nuclear Power
Throughout its history, USEC has been committed to the reduction of Cold War nuclear arsenals through the recycling of highly enriched uranium from nuclear warheads into low-enriched uranium to be used in fuel for commercial nuclear power plants.
USEC’s efforts through partnerships such as the Megatons to Megawatts program have led to the reduction of the equivalent of more than 19,000 nuclear warheads from the arsenals of the United States and the former Soviet Union.
USEC continues to push for further dismantlement, downblending and recycling of this material in commercial nuclear reactors to provide clean, emissions-free electricity to the world.
Renewal of U.S. Leadership in Nuclear Technology and Infrastructure Development
The United States led the world into the nuclear power age fifty years ago, but lost its way when nuclear power lost favor in the 1970s.
USEC is one of many companies leading a resurgence of U.S. nuclear technology development and infrastructure development. Our own American Centrifuge is built on the knowledge and machine designs developed by the U.S. Department of Energy from the 1960s to the 1980s. Once constructed, the American Centrifuge Plant will support the growth of nuclear power for decades to come.
If nuclear power is going to play a role in reducing the amount of harmful emissions and increasing our energy security, the country must re-establish its lost prominence, knowledge, and manpower.
Charitable Giving and Volunteering
USEC Inc. embraces the opportunity to offer support to an array of organizations whose mission is to provide assistance, education or training to people in need.
USEC operates charitable giving programs to serve each of its local communities in Maryland, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. These programs provide financial and volunteer support to charitable, educational, cultural, community development and other organizations through these communities and beyond.