14 Jul '12, 11am
18,000 Warheads Converted to Nuclear Fuel: Filed under: Energy News
Some of the ICBMs containing the warheads were once aimed at the United States. Enriched uranium from weapons is replacing over 10,000 tons of uranium from mines annually and providing over ten percent of fuel for reactors worldwide. For many years, there has been a legitimate concern uranium from the commercial supply for fuel would wind up in weapons, but what has happened is the reverse. Much more uranium from weapons is being used for fuel to generate electricity. Furthermore, the amount of enriched uranium in weapons stockpiles is many times more than the annual world mine production of uranium.