AREVA in America: The French Connection

Spencer Abraham (left) watches President George Bush shake hands with Gov. Tom Ridge after signing two executive orders. Photo: Eric Draper
Spencer Abraham (left) watches President George Bush shake hands with Gov. Tom Ridge after signing two executive orders. Photo: Eric Draper

The French State-owned company has built close relationships with the United States Department of Energy (DOE) over the years. Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham is the Chairman of the Board of the U.S. branch of AREVA and uses his address book to promote the merits of this State-owned firm.

Spencer Abraham was the head of the Republican Party in Michigan before becoming U.S. Senator for Michigan from 1995 to 2001. When he lost his re-election bid, President George W. Bush named him Energy Secretary. He served from January 2001 to February 2005. One year after he left, Abraham became Chairman of the Board of AREVA Inc. – the U.S. branch of AREVA Group, the French nuclear power giant.

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Areva in America

In an exclusive interview, Laurence Pernot explains AREVA’s role in the U.S. Department of Energy’s $4.8 billion mixed oxide plutonium-based fuel program (MOX) under construction at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, South Carolina, and the “Nuclear Renaissance” in the United States. Pernot is the vice president of communications at AREVA Inc., the Washington-based U.S. branch of the French nuclear giant. A French citizen, she used to work at AREVA’s La Hague site, in the North of France, which has been recycling spent nuclear fuel for decades.

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