WYOMING \u2014 Encouraged by recent statements from President Trump promoting concerning the advancement of uranium production in the US, the Wyoming State Treasurer offered the Cowboy State\u2019s help as the nation\u2019s leading producer and urged the White House to help domestic mining.\r\n\r\nState Treasurer Curt Meier on Tuesday sent letters to President Donald Trump and other key officials asking them to advance \u201cstable and secure\u201d domestic uranium mining.\r\n\r\n\u201cWyoming is home to the largest uranium mining operations in the United States,\u201d Meier stated in the letters. \u201cThis industry is vital for the nation and for the economic wellbeing of our communities.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMeier noted, however, that the number of Wyomingites employed by the uranium industry\u00a0today is less than half of the number employed in 2013. Meier said helping Wyoming\u2019s uranium companies to continue their operations is important to the state and the nation as a whole.\r\n\r\nWyoming production of uranium has dropped significantly from its heyday in the late 1970s\/early 1980s, but has been on the rise since 2010.\r\n\r\nPending final numbers, it is believed that domestic uranium producers supplied less than 2 percent of the needs of all US power plants in 2018. Additionally, international treaties mandate that US nuclear ships and submarines must be powered by domestic uranium.\r\n\r\n\u201cIf there were not enough US plants to handle the needed supply, the result will be a profound and direct threat to our national security,\u201d Meier said. \u201cThe uranium mining industry in Wyoming welcomes the opportunity to compete in a fair global marketplace. In fact, the industry would flourish in an open market committed to worker safety and environmental safeguards.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn addition to President Trump, letters were sent to Dr. Peter Navarro, Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, and Ambassador John R. Bolton, National Security Advisor. The President has 90 days to act and offer recommendations on a report submitted April 15 by the Department of Commerce that outlines the effects of uranium imports on national security.\r\n\r\nUranium quick facts\r\n\r\n \tWyoming is America\u2019s leader in uranium production with an estimated 665.6 thousand pounds produced in 2018\u2014about 78% of American production.\r\n \tWyoming uranium operations employed an estimated 200 people in 2018.\r\n \tMore than 13% of the world\u2019s electricity is generated from uranium in nuclear reactors.\r\n \tUranium is the second heaviest metal in the periodic table.\r\n \tUranium actually occurs in most rocks and is one of the most common elements in the Earth\u2019s crust.\r\n \tThe element was discovered in 1789 by Martin Klaproth, a German chemist.\r\n \tUranium was formed in supernova, about 6.6 billion years ago, and provides the main source of heat inside the Earth.\r\n \tUranium is so dense it is used in the keels of yachts and as counterweights for aircraft control surfaces, as well as radiation shields.