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Thank you for your participation and now I’d like to turn the call over to John Welch.
John WelchGood morning. And thank you for joining us today. Yesterday afternoon we reported our second-quarter results. The management team was very active during the second quarter as we reached two important agreements. First, in May, we entered into an innovative multiparty agreement that will allow us to continue to economically enrich uranium at the Paducah gaseous diffusion plant for another year. It is a positive agreement for everyone involved. Second, in June, we secured near-term funding for the research, development and demonstration program for the American centrifuge technology, which we call the RD&D program. We were off to a great start on that program and we have attracted a very strong board of managers to provide oversight to the program as provided under our agreement with the Department of Energy. This board includes leaders in the nuclear industry, Babcock & Wilcox, Exelon and Toshiba, as well as two independent members with strong industry credentials.