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Milestone reached in converting Russian nuclear weapons into U.S. fuel

June 24, 2013 at 3:08 PM

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- Uranium equal to 19,000 nuclear weapons has been eliminated from Russia's stockpile in a U.S.-Russia partnership, the U.S. Energy Department announced Monday.

The U.S. Nuclear Security Administration said it has monitored the removal of nearly 524 tons of highly enriched uranium from Russia under the joint Megatons to Megawatts nuclear non-proliferation program. It added, with that milestone, deliveries of Russian-produced, low-enriched uranium from the former Soviet Union state are 95 percent complete.

Under the agreement between the two countries, Russia converts high-enriched uranium from dismantled nuclear weapons to low-enriched uranium. The uranium is delivered to the United States to be converted into nuclear fuel for power plants, and the resulting electricity is 10 percent of all electricity generated in the United States, an Energy Department statement said.

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