Rep. Howard Nielson joined this week as a co-sponsor of a bill to help U.S. uranium producers by imposing an import fee on foreign supplies of the fuel.

The legislation would tax imports above a specified level on a sliding scale for the next 12 years.Nielson, R-Utah, said that if the "foundering domestic uranium industry . . . were given some relief for that period of time it would be in a much better position to compete."

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The industry and the U.S. Department of Energy argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this week over whether DOE should halt its enrichment of foreign uranium to help the industry.

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