Nov 27, 2013

20,000 #Russian warheads turned to nuclear fuel - Very Good #Energy #News

By K. Steiner-Dicks on Nov 27, 2013

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has reported that the final shipment of low enriched uranium (LEU) derived from Russian weapons-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) under the 1993 U.S.-Russia HEU Purchase Agreement, commonly known as the Megatons to Megawatts Program has taken place.

Under the agreement, Russia downblended 500 metric tons of HEU, equivalent to 20,000 nuclear warheads, into LEU. The resulting LEU has been delivered to the United States, fabricated into nuclear fuel, and used in nuclear power plants to generate nearly ten percent of all US electricity for the past fifteen years, roughly half of all commercial nuclear energy produced domestically during that time.

Deliveries of LEU produced from Russian-origin HEU under the landmark nuclear non-proliferation programme are complete and 9,630 type-30B cylinders of LEU from Russian HEU will have been delivered.

"For two decades, one in ten light bulbs in America has been powered by nuclear material from Russian nuclear warheads. The 1993 United States-Russian Federation Highly Enriched Uranium Purchase Agreement has proven to be one of the most successful nuclear non-proliferation partnerships ever undertaken," said Secretary Moniz. "The completion of this 'swords to ploughshares' program represents a major victory both for the United States and Russia."

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