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Uranium One Americas donates PPE to Wyoming’s Johnson County Healthcare Center

Uranium One Americas U.S. Regional Manager, Steven Boomgarden (far left), speaks with Julia Bettinger, Johnson County Healthcare. Uranium One America donated PPE to the center on April 8, 2020.

BUFFALO, Wyo – Uranium One Americas announced today that it donated a variety of surplus Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”) to the Johnson County Healthcare Center.   The PPE donation included:

  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Latex Gloves
  • 3M Tyvek suits and hoods
  • Safety glasses with side shields 
  • Neiko Dust Masks

Uranium One Americas operates in Johnson, Campbell and Converse counties–with the majority of the company’s mine site employees living in Buffalo.

“Giving back to the local communities where our operations are located is a priority for Uranium One Americas,” said Chief Operating Officer Donna Wichers. “Although our Willow Creek operations are currently on stand-by awaiting a better uranium market, donating this PPE is an area where we can help.”

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Because the Willow Creek operation is a uranium mine, PPE is an important part of worker protection at the mine and processing plant.  But Mine Manager Scott Graham determined that a donation was the right thing for both the mine and the community. “We have sufficient supplies remaining for our employees’ use,” he said. “Our employees are excited to be able to support our local health providers during this COVID-19 crisis”.  

Steven Boomgarden, U.S. Regional Manager, added, “During the past few years we have not been able to donate funds to local communities for social benefits due to the depressed uranium market.  But having the ability to donate surplus equipment when the need for such equipment is high makes us all feel like we are contributing in some very small way to help others.”

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