Processing Magazine

Air permit secured for New Mexico proposed depleted uranium de-conversion facility

April 4, 2012

The issuance of the air permit by the New Mexico Environment Department completes State permitting required to allow start of a planned uranium de-conversion and fluorine extraction processing facility in Hobbs, N.M., says International Isotopes Inc., a manufacturer of nuclear medicine products.

While other state permits are necessary prior to the commencement of operations, the company says the State’s issuance of this permit completes permitting actions required in New Mexico to allow the start of construction of the Company’s ”green technology” facility.

“Although the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) license is not expected to be issued before sometime this fall, the NRC does allow certain pre-license construction activities to take place and the receipt of the New Mexico air permit clears the way, in terms of permitting, for certain pre-NRC license construction to begin,” says Steve T. Laflin, president and CEO, International Isotopes.

International Isotopes Inc. manufactures a full range of nuclear medicine calibration and reference standards, high purity fluoride gases, and a variety of cobalt-60 products.