1993: MEGATONS TO MEGAWATTS

Launched in 1993, this program aimed to reduce the risks of proliferation from former Soviet nuclear weapons by enabling the United States to purchase bomb-grade uranium from Russia and down-blend it into lower-level reactor-grade fuel. This fuel was then put into US nuclear reactors, where it generated electricity for substantial segments of the US power grid. The Russians got paid for the uranium, the US got years worth of nuclear power fuel, and the world now lives with tens of thousands fewer potential nuclear bombs. LEARN MORE

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