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Nichols Ranch

Wellheads dot the landscape Aug. 7, 2017 at the Nichols Ranch uranium mine in the Powder River Basin. 

CHEYENNE (WNE) – Wyoming State Treasurer Curt Meier on Tuesday sent letters to President Donald J. Trump and other key officials asking them to advance “stable and secure” domestic uranium mining.

“Wyoming is home to the largest uranium mining operations in the United States,” Meier stated in the letters. “This industry is vital for the nation and for the economic well-being of our communities.”

Meier noted, however, that the number of Wyomingites employed by the uranium industry today is less than half the number employed in 2013. He said helping Wyoming’s uranium companies continue their operations is important to the state and the nation as a whole.

Pending final numbers, it is believed domestic uranium producers supplied less than 2 percent of the needs of all U.S. power plants in 2018. Additionally, international treaties mandate that U.S. nuclear ships and submarines must be powered by domestic uranium.

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Letters were also sent to Peter Navarro, assistant to the president and director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, and Ambassador John R. Bolton, national security adviser.

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