Governor Mark Gordon and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler met to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission today to “define and clarify roles of the different agencies,” Gordon said.
Gordon thinks this agreement will lift burdens currently on the industry.
“I hope it makes domestic production more affordable under any circumstance, so I think it’ll help,” he commented.
Wheeler said that, as of now, there’s nothing on the MOU that will change current Wyoming EPA regulations.
“(The MOU) is to try to make sure that you aren’t getting hit from multiple voices in D.C. and you can continue regulating how you have been,” he said.
Wheeler also said he believes that uranium mining and processing is more environmentally friendly in the U.S. than anywhere in the world.
Gordon stressed the importance of utilizing national uranium mines.
“Off shoring for uranium is not a good choice,” he said. “We have a robust mining industry here. It’s nice to see the trump administration recognize how important this is.”