US-Russia partnership has converted 19,000 nuclear warheads to civilian energy

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that it has monitored the elimination of more than 475 metric tons of Russian highly enriched uranium under the nuclear nonproliferation program, commonly known as Megatons to Megawatts. With the 475 megaton milestone, deliveries under the U.S.-Russia Purchase Agreement are 95 percent complete, and highly enriched uranium roughly equivalent to 19,000 nuclear weapons has been permanently eliminated.

Under the agreement, Russia converts highly enriched uranium from dismantled nuclear weapons into low-enriched uranium. The resulting product is delivered to the US, fabricated into nuclear fuel and used in nuclear power plants to generate nearly 10 percent of all electricity produced in the U.S. each year. Nearly half of all commercial nuclear energy produced in the US comes from nuclear fuel derived from Russian nuclear weapons.

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