Uranium production in the U.S. was close to zero in 2020
(Kitco News) - The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported today that EIA could not publicly release data for U.S. production of uranium concentrate (U3O8) in the fourth quarter of 2020.
EIA said that domestic uranium production has declined considerably in recent years, and activity did not reach a threshold where a specific production figure could be published without violating the protections that EIA has committed to provide.
EIA added that during the fourth quarter of 2020, six U.S. uranium facilities produced uranium, one more than in the third quarter of 2020. This does not mean six facilities were actively operating and producing material during the quarter. It is a count of any facility that packaged material during the quarter though they may not be in active commercial (injecting solution and drying material) operation at the time.
In 2020, uranium mines in the U.S. produced just 8,098 pounds of U3O8 (reported in Q1 2020), which was negligible amount compared to previous years.