Riverton, Wy – Scientists from the French Embassy are touring energy sites in Wyoming this week. Today (Thursday) they stopped at reclaimed uranium mines in the Gas Hills east of Riverton. Philippe Jamet says France is trying to reclaim their old uranium mines. He says it's no longer profitable in France to mine uranium.
"France is a quite densely populated country, so when it comes to getting permitted for mining, especially uranium mining, it's very difficult to obtain such permits. "
Some of the uranium currently mined in Wyoming is shipped to France for nuclear power.
The French group also visited a coal mine and gas field. Jamet says one goal of the visit is to build partnerships between French and American universities.