The trading today was really wierd. It went way down on light volume, then came back up to yesterday's closing price, then back down a quarter. This may somehow show the volatility which options trading will introduce. Until now, it has traded like a utility. Lots of straight lines, not much movement. I looked for news, but couldn't find any.
Siting for the new AVLIS plant is beginning soon. Undoubtedly the folks who insist that nuke plants not be built in their back yard are going to be very vocal. Therefore, the logical choices are an already existing plant, either Portsmouth, OH, or Paducah, KY.
Anyway, AVLIS works by ionizing the U235 atoms which are then attracted to an electrode. "Knocking a proton from the nucleus" is simply impossible.
As far as MOX goes, USEC is too busy pursuing AVLIS and trying to keep the gaseous diffusion plants running than to devote time to a third major pursuit. Besides, I don't think USEC management is bright enough to handle everything at once.
I can't even begin to count the number of totally impossible things which have become reality during my lifetime. One of them is nuclear power generation.
The description of knocking a proton out of the nucleus was given to me by an insider. He may have meant a neutron. That, three of them, of course, is what it would take to reduce U-238 to U-235. Perhaps he misspoke, perhaps I misunderstood. I'll inquire further.
Your slap at management's intellect raises a lot of questions. Are you long? Short? Are you a disgruntled employee? Turned down for a job? How do you know management is not bright? What is your evidence? As with so many negative posts on these boards, your comment raises greater suspicions about you than about those you belittle.