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Fluorine Extration Process

What is Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride?


Depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) is generated in large quantities as a byproduct of the uranium enrichment process. The term “Depleted” indicates that most of the more useful U-235 isotope of uranium has been removed through an enrichment process. DUFhas been generated, transported, stored, and managed safely in the U.S. for several decades. However, it is a fluorine compound that cn react with water or ethanol to produce toxic fumes of hydrofluoric acid. To protect against accidental release the DUFis kept in sturdy cylinders during storage and transportation. DUF6  must have the Fluoride removed through a process referred to as de-conversion, in order to make it chemically stable and suitable for waste disposal.