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Russian warhead fallout keeps America warm

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Posted October 10, 2013
Uranium fuel from 20,000 disarmed Russian warheads are generating about half of US nuclear power in a spinoff from a landmark disarmament accord, a top US official said Wednesday.

 
Russian soldiers next to a model of a Russian Topol missile during a training session at the Serpukhov's military missile forces
Russian soldiers next to a model of a Russian Topol missile during a training session at the Serpukhov’s military missile forces research institute some 100km outside Moscow on April 6, 2010.
 

But the deal under which 500 tonnes of Russian weapons-grade uranium has been used to light and heat American homes will end next month because Russia believes its former Cold War rival has been getting energy on the cheap.

Rose Gottemoeller, US under secretary of state for arms control, told a UN committee the 1993 accord was a disarmament success.

Arms control experts call it the “megatons-to-megawatts” deal and hail the accord as a little known but important example of the United States and Russia pressing disarmament.

Gottemoeller called the Highly Enriched Uranium Purchase Accord a “significant non-proliferation accomplishment”.

Signed after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the deal was concluded as the two countries sought ways to get rid of warheads under their 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

Read more at: Phys.org

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