It was all part of a deal struck at the end of the Cold War. That deal wraps up today, when the final shipment of fuel arrives at a U.S. facility.
....in 1993 the deal was struck: The Russians would turn about 500 tons of bomb-grade uranium into nuclear fuel. The U.S. would buy it and sell it to commercial power plants here.
Khlopkov says it was a win-win. "This is the only time in history when disarmament was actually profitable," he says.
Very profitable. The Russians made around $17 billion. Sewell's government office was spun off into a private company the United States Enrichment Corporation and made money from the deal too. And the U.S. power plants got the uranium at a good price.
"20,000 bombs' worth of nuclear material, destroyed forever,"
The last shipment arrives today at a US storage facility. It will be sold off to utilities in coming years. So when you turn on the lights, feel good. Your bulb may be powered by what was once a bomb.