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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    sponsoring two panel discussions The Sleep of Reason Atoms for Peace and War Where University of New Mexico Student Union Building SUB Ballroom C When March 28 2005 7 pm to 9 pm AND Where Cloud Cliff Bakery 1805 2 nd Street in Santa Fe When March 29 2005 7pm to 9pm Who David Bacon Rose Gardner and Greg Mello Nuclear power and nuclear weapons share many technologies at what point to they diverge Does nuclear power threaten democracy Can the peaceful and the military atoms be separated and if so how At what point does a nuclear power infrastructure imply the capability to make nuclear weapons Can governments ensure the security of nuclear power plants What are the paths nuclear proliferators have taken and what are the prospects for control The panel includes David Bacon energy activist and former Green Party Candidate for Governor Greg Mello Director of the Los Alamos Study Group and special guest Rose Gardner with the Citizens Nuclear Information Center of Hobbs New Mexico who will report on the efforts of a multi national consortium to build what it calls the National Enrichment Facility near Eunice NM The panel discussion will be introduced and moderated

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/press/2005/PressAdvisory3-22-05.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    changes to LANL s operations were considered including reduced operations for some programs Withers said the details on what will be in the analysis such as the key facilities to be reviewed and what the changes might be are still being worked out Environmental groups and lab watchdogs oppose an increase in weapons production work because of concerns over potential plutonium emissions and increased generation of nuclear waste as well as the belief that such work violates international treaties on nuclear nonproliferation At the same time they are pleased DOE has decided to redo LANL s sitewide environmental impact analysis The 1999 sitewide environmental impact statement was completely deficient in any analysis of environmental cleanup programs at Los Alamos said Nuclear Watch of New Mexico s director Jay Coghlan Coghlan and other groups say they plan to push DOE to include detail analyses on a variety of environmental and safety issues LANL officials and Sen Pete Domenici R N M have in the past opposed expanded plutonium production work at LANL because they said it wouldn t fit the lab s research focus Over the past year however LANL s role has solidified as the nation s primary production facility for nuclear weapons triggers called pits and the laboratory has seen an increase in federal funding to do the work The decision to redo its sitewide analysis is an indication DOE plans to continue to rely on the lab s pit manufacturing capability which began in the 1990s on an interim basis until a larger facility could be built But since Congress halved funding in January 2004 for a proposed Modern Pit Facility conceived to build replacement nuclear triggers for aging weapons in the nation s stockpile DOE decided to put off any decisions on whether to build the plant

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/press/2005/SWEISarticleMay2005.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    began distributing brightly colored posters expressing their discontent over LANL s waste production and management Land of the labs home of the waste read one Like Waste You ll Love Los Alamos read another Largest nuclear waste dump in the Southwest 19 miles from the Santa Fe Plaza read a third And there were more In all close to 150 people gathered at Santa Fe Community College to learn of LANL and DOE s plans to expand Area G by nearly 50 percent Tony Stanford LANL s facilities and waste operations division leader told the crowd that the laboratory is running out of space at Area G to permanently bury low level radioactive waste it generates The expansion planned since 1999 will increase Area G by about 30 acres to 93 acres atop one of the mesas adjacent to San Ildefonso Pueblo Santa Fean Betsy Millard expressed bewilderment at the decision to expand the site while the lab continues to produce waste You ve just got to stop generating this waste until you figure out how to deal with the waste that has already been buried she said This is just simple basic responsibility Former San Ildefonso Gov Gilbert Sanchez used fiery language to draw attention to his people s plight watching what is their ancestral land become contaminated by LANL s waste facilities That is our sacred area he said I don t think a synagogue or a Roman Catholic church would allow you to do the things that you are doing on our ancestral land Neil Weber in charge of the pueblo s environment department described the waste site and LANL s associated facilities above the pueblo land as this insult LANL and DOE officials sought to assure the audience that the lab s monitoring efforts and controls

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/press/2005/AreaGexpansion-article-May2005.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    engineering controls at Area G are appropriate because DOE is self regulated Bearzi said But lab officials beg to differ with the analogy City dumps have different monitoring requirements because they can receive a variety of wastes including small quantities of hazardous waste such as paint oil pesticides herbicides batteries and computer parts lab spokeswoman Kathy DeLucas said Area G however only accepts radioactive waste Before waste is disposed of at Area G we know exactly what we are receiving DeLucas said The waste goes through a very rigorous inspection characterization and certification process It s a world of difference from your ordinary landfill and there is no comparison The state has a regulatory hook on the situation because of hazardous waste disposed there in the 1980s and 1990s Under the state Hazardous Waste Act the Environment Department can impose closure But many questions will be up for debate What gets closed the hazardous waste part of Area G only or the entire site And what does closure mean digging up the old stuff and sending it for storage elsewhere or capping the waste on site for years to come The implications are farreaching not only for people who drink the water and breathe the air but workers who would be digging 80 feet deep into this type of waste Everyone from Santa Fe to Los Alamos and in between has a great need to care Brannon said Twice Los Alamos lab submitted closure plans for Area G to the state Environment Department which deemed it inadequate By this time next year permits will be due for ongoing waste management at the lab and closure of the old units Under current environmental standards Area G would never be permitted today Bearzi said The extent of environmental contamination caused by Area

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/press/2005/AreaGexpansion-article-April2005.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    B here so far on pit production numerous problems remain including serious safety and infrastructure deficiencies To review some of these problems look under LANL at the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board DNFSB web site www dnfsb gov The DNFSB has no enforcement powers and relies on NNSA s voluntary compliance Congress and knowledgeable public outcry to keep LANL and other sites safe Unfortunately NNSA is in the process of implementing a contractor self monitoring system at LANL which is virtually guaranteed in our view to produce accidents One of NNSA s stated goals is to overcome what it perceives as a risk averse culture in order to get the job done The situation is grotesque The U S has almost 10 000 nuclear warheads and bombs Thousands are backups part of a multi tiered redundancy that puts the assured in mutual assured destruction This is too many even for Mr Bush who wants to drop the arsenal to 6 000 by 2012 Behind the backups and the backups backups are extra pits 13 000 or so of them stored at the Pantex warhead assembly plant near Amarillo Pits last a long time Results of long awaited accelerated aging studies show that all the pits in the U S arsenal have at least six decades of service left So why make them Aside from the need to create end to end work so the enterprise can feed and sustain itself the other reason for pit production is that even a small production line allows the prompt responsive production of boutique warheads that might be needed for special occasions This is not solely a Bush Administration idea In 1999 when Bill Richardson was Secretary of Energy LANL gave Congress a detailed briefing on the idea As pit production moves toward startup

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/Break_the_Silence.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    political organization such as that expressed in the Call and related activities In New Mexico militarism is mostly nuclear In New Mexico militarism comes primarily in the shape of a mushroom cloud It is a shape that has been particularly damaging to our nation s and our state s society political institutions and environment Our state is home to the two best funded nuclear weapons facilities in the world Los Alamos National Laboratory LANL and Sandia National Laboratories SNL Half of U S nuclear warhead spending occurs in New Mexico making nuclear warheads roughly our state s second largest industry in dollar terms The nuclear weapons share of our state s total economic activity is about 20 times more than that of any other state There are also more intact nuclear weapons stored in New Mexico at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque than in any other state or for that matter at any other location in the world For all these reasons New Mexico is the world capital of weapons of mass destruction and we are the people who tolerate this state of affairs undercutting any and all of our other efforts for peace justice social uplift and environmental sustainability The Conference agrees on a n unequivocal undertaking by the nuclear weapon States to accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals leading to nuclear disarmament to which all States parties are committed under article VI from the consensus agreement of all NPT signatories present at the 2000 NPT Review Conference including the U S Russia China France and the U K New Mexico s love affair with the atom is linked to economic and social decline Thirty six years after the entry into force of the NPT the five nuclear weapon states parties to the treaty have failed in their duty to achieve disarmament through negotiation There is currently a risk for a new phase in nuclear arms competition through the further modernization of weapons Many non nuclear weapon states feel cheated by the nuclear weapon states retreating from commitments made in 1995 in order to get the treaty extended to unlimited duration There must be no compromise on the goal of outlawing nuclear weapons This goal was accepted as a legally binding commitment as early as 1970 when the NPT entered into force There can be no going back from it and all steps in the disarmament process must be taken with this goal in view Weapons of Terror Freeing the World of Nuclear Biological and Chemical Arms Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission 6 1 06 Our state s acquiescence to nuclear weapons has not brought us wealth For more than 20 years we have received more net per capita federal funds than any other state But as the labs have grown through the largesse of congressional committees often led by our state s representatives New Mexico s relative standing in economic and human well being has declined to at or near the very bottom of all

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/DisarmImperative.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    disarmament in the United States at times exceeding 80 nationally 16 and numerous civil society initiatives have sprung up around the world over the past several decades expressing widespread support for nuclear disarmament including New Mexico 17 NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY COUNTY OR TOWN OF THAT 1 The governing body recognizes a The legal obligation to nuclear disarmament stated in Article VI of the NPT and authoritatively interpreted in the 1996 unanimous advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice b The critical importance of United States leadership in nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation for our own national security c That a posture of nuclear threat or deterrence cannot remain the sole prerogative of the United States and a small group of countries friendly or not actively hostile to the United States d That the federal commitment to nuclear weapons expends enormous resources and talent creates security and safety problems that can never be fully solved undermines the ethical basis of our society by promoting massive and indiscriminate violence and permanently contaminates portions of our environment e That proposals to upgrade nuclear weapons design new varieties of such weapons maintain thousands of nuclear weapons or build new or expanded factories for the manufacture of nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons components should be strongly opposed and f As immoral the notion that human security can ever be built upon instruments of mass destruction and the will to use them 2 The governing body calls upon our elected representatives in Congress as well as upon our Governor to publicly a Reaffirm the complete commitment of the United States to an unequivocal undertaking to the total elimination of nuclear arsenals leading to nuclear disarmament to which all States parties are committed under Article VI of the NPT b Call for progressively and systematically dismantling our nuclear arsenal in concert with other nuclear powers pursuant to Article VI of the NPT and any other treaties and agreements as may be prudent to negotiate c Call for negotiations on further treaties implementing the universal moral and legal norms against all weapons of mass destruction d Reject all proposals to build new or expanded factories for nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons components including increased plutonium pit production and e Request that the federal government minimize and ultimately halt disposal of nuclear waste in New Mexico 3 The governing body directs the City Clerk to send copies of this resolution to New Mexico s congressional delegation the Governor the Secretary of the DOE and the Administrator of the NNSA 1 The State Department summary of the NPT containing these and other facts and the text of the treaty is available at http www state gov t np trty 16281 htm 2 U S Constitution Article VI Clause 2 3 Quotes from U S State Department http www state gov t np trty 16281 htm 4 The full International Court of Justice ICJ opinion is available from the Lawyer s Committee

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  • Ways that you can help
    Disarmament host a small billboard at my home or business host a Study Group speaker at my church organization or in my home volunteer as a docent or organizer at the Study Group s Los Alamos Disarmament Center write letters to editors and recruit my friends to do the same My business or organization has signed the Call for Nuclear Disarmament I want to get more involved by taking part

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