||U.S. government selects Pike County site for
new Portsmouth uranium enrichment plant.
||U.S. officials select Goodyear Tire &
Rubber Corporation as plant operator; and Goodyear creates Goodyear Atomic Corporation to
||First production cells go
||Contractors complete entire Portsmouth plant
six months ahead of schedule and full production begins.
||Plant shifts from military mission to
commercial application to supply enriched uranium to electric utilities operating nuclear
||NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) and the
Energy Research and Development Agency (ERDA) assume AEC functions. NRC takes over
regulatory oversight of nuclear power plants and ERDA, which would later be absorbed by
the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), assumes
responsibility for uranium enrichment.
||Government transfers ERDA functions to newly
||Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. takes
over Goodyear's operating contract for plant.
||Energy Policy Act creates USEC to take over
government's uranium enrichment enterprise.
||USEC assumes responsibility for Paducah,
Kentucky, and Portsmouth, Ohio, uranium enrichment plants. DOE retains responsibility for
environmental restoration and waste management activities resulting from its operations at
||USEC contracts with Martin Marietta Utility
Services, a newly created subsidiary of Martin Marietta, for operation and maintenance of
||Lockheed Martin Corporation forms after
merger of Lockheed and Martin Marietta corporations. Lockheed Martin Utility Services,
Inc. (LMUS) continues operation of USEC's Paducah plant.
||First shipment to USEC of Russian low
enriched uranium derived from highly enriched uranium taken from nuclear warheads arrives
at Portsmouth plant as part of historic Megatons-to-Megawatts contract.
||USEC revises and renews operating contract
with LMUS from cost-plus to performance-based contract.
||NRC grants certificates of compliance for
USEC's two enrichment plants.
||Regulatory oversight of enrichment plants
officially transfers from DOE to NRC.
||USEC is privatized; becomes USEC Inc, an
||USEC takes over direct operation of
||USEC announces plan to consolidate all enrichment activity at Paducah by June 2001.
||USEC ceases enrichment activities at Portsmouth plant. Portsmouth continues to provide transfer and shipping functions.
||USEC completes consolidation of transfer and shipping operations at Paducah.
||Portsmouth plant recognized as an ANS Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society.
||USEC announces that it will site its American Centrifuge Demonstration Facility in Piketon.
||USEC announces the selection of Piketon as the site for its future American Centrifuge Plant. This commercial uranium enrichment facility is planned to have an annual production level of 3.8 million SWU.