Letter to the Editor - September 2011

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Nuclear industry remains vibrant in Virginia and around the world

To the Editor,

Your July story “Stormy weather for nuclear plants?” paints a very dim picture of the nuclear industry, which we consider very vibrant in Virginia and globally.

AREVA is a leading supplier of nuclear and renewable energy solutions in the United States with some 5,000 American employees. Over 2,000 of those employees reside in Virginia; and we join Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division, Dominion and B&W as leading nuclear employers in Virginia.

AREVA Newport News is not “dead in the water,” as writer Garry Kranz indicates. Instead, we have strategically paused construction and are prepared to restart the project when market conditions improve. Following this, the facility could become operational within 18 to 24 months.

Newport News Shipbuilding and AREVA are actively engaged in other commercial nuclear projects involving engineering, services and manufacturing. These projects are supported from Virginia, as part of our efforts to develop AREVA Newport News.

AREVA’s core business in the United States includes providing uranium, enrichment, fuel and servicing the existing fleet of 104 nuclear power plants. This business remains strong. Of note, AREVA has recently supplied to a U.S. nuclear plant a state-of-the-art digital Instrumentation & Control (I&C) system, which is the first of its type approved by the U.S. NRC.

AREVA’s safe, reliable, low-carbon energy solutions can help meet the growing energy needs of our state, our nation and countries around the world. Our business provides a strong platform for supporting this continued economic growth from right here in Virginia.

Mike Rencheck
Chief Operating Officer

Doug Stitzel
Vice president, Energy Programs
Newport News Shipbuilding

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