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Russia Purges 450 Metric Tons of Nuke-Ready Uranium
Russia has converted in excess of 450 metric tons of weapon-grade uranium into low-enriched material through a deal with the United States, the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration announced on Monday (see GSN, Aug. 26, 2011).
The 1993 U.S.-Russia HEU Purchase Agreement -- better known as Megatons to Megawatts -- by the close of 2013 should meet its goal of eliminating 500 metric tons of highly enriched uranium, according to an NNSA press release. That amount of material would be enough to power roughly 20,000 nuclear weapons.
The material is blended down in Russia and then shipped to the United States for further processing and use as fuel for nuclear energy plants (U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration release, July 9).
Nov. 9, 2012
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