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Soviet-era nuclear warheads provide 10 percent of US electricity


For the past 20 years, bomb-grade uranium from Russias decommissioned nuclear weapons have provided 10 percent of all the electricity the US consumes. That fact, NPR reports, is the result a deal made after the fall of the Soviet Union, which allowed for 20,000 bombs worth of nuclear material to be repurposed for American power needs. The deal was brokered in the early 1990s by Philip Sewell, then-deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Energy. According to Sewell, it was his job to find ways to collaborate with Russia, which had by then crumbled as a global power.

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