Action Alert Nuclear Test Rehearsal in Nevada June 2 Cancel Divine Strake Detonation The Department of Defense is planning to detonate a 700-ton bomb at theMessage 1 of 1 , May 6, 2006View Source
Action Alert Nuclear Test Rehearsal in Nevada June 2
Cancel Divine Strake Detonation
The Department of Defense is planning to detonate a 700-ton bomb at the Nevada Test Site on June 2, 2006 as part of its research into the development of new nuclear weapons.
U.S. Military spokesman James Tegnelia, quoted in the press, said, "I don't want to sound glib here, but it is the first time in Nevada that you'll see a mushroom cloud over Las Vegas since we stopped testing nuclear weapons." He further claimed that "this is the largest single explosive that we could imagine."
The detonation runs contrary to public statements made in late March by Linton F. Brooks, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, that the Bush administration had no plans to start detonating warheads at the Nevada Test Site.
While the June 2 test may involve conventional explosives, it is still a test for exploring the use of low-yield nuclear weapons. The bunker buster or RNEP (Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator) program, which was supposedly defeated by Congress in 2004, is apparently far from dead. It appears that this administration is determined to continue the development of new nuclear weapons in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NNPT).
There is much concern that this explosion will cause radioactive particles from previous tests to become airborne. Although approval for the test was sought and obtained from the state of Nevada in January 2006, recent developments have caused Nevada environmental officials to temporarily halt the test until the NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration) demonstrates compliance with air quality standards and that hazardous particles can be tracked.
In addition, the Western Shoshone tribe and two downwinders from Utah, Steve Erickson and Pete Litster of the Shundahai Network, have filed suit in federal court asking for a restraining order. While the Defense Department claims this is not part of a program to develop low-yield nuclear weapons, the Federation of American Scientists disagrees.Concerned citizens must make their opinions heard - and quickly. Email your senators, your representative, the Department of Defense, and the National Nuclear Security Administration today.