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Lawrence Livermore National Labs
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Y-12 National Security Complex
- NNSA Cuts Los Alamos Lab's Award Fees by 90%
- DOE IG Report: Sandia Labs Misused Federal Funds
- Y-12: Poster Child For A Dysfunctional Nuclear
Follow the Money!
NNSA FY 2016 Budget Request
- Nuclear Watch Analysis/Compilation (PDF)
LANL FY 2016 Budget Request
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Lawrence Livermore FY 2016 Budget Request
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Congressional Budget Office report:
Projected Costs of Nuclear Forces 2014-2023
CBO presentation based on the report:
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For Immediate Release, Dec. 21, 2013:
One Trillion Dollars Over Thirty Years:
Nuclear Weapons "Modernization"
Locally, Los Alamos Lab Cleanup and Job Creation Are Imperiled
(View/download NWNM Press Release PDF)
Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan
View/Download FY 2015 SSMP (PDF)
NWNM Analysis (PDF) /
Analysis Summary (PDF)
Billion Dollar Boondoggles
Alliance For Nuclear Accountability Report 5/2014
Credit: Chain Reaction/Livable World
Nuclear Weapons Lobby Reportedly Spent $2.9 Million To Stave Off Military Cuts
"The nuclear weapons industry is erecting a missile shield of money to prevent federal government spending cuts worth billions of dollars. In the 2012 election cycle, nuclear weapons lobbies have given a total of $2.9 million to key members of Congress and deployed no fewer than 137 revolving-door lobbyists to Capitol Hill, according to a new report that details the lengths to which arms makers will go to protect their turf."
"Bombs Versus Budgets: Inside the Nuclear Weapons Lobby", prepared by the Center for International Policy. (download PDF)
What would happen if an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated above midtown Manhattan?
You should read this.
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Los Alamos: A Whistleblower's Diary
Radio interview with author Chuck Montano: Living on the Edge, KSFR Santa Fe.
Tom Collina on Federal News Radio:
April 8, 2015, "In Depth" with Francis Rose: Mr Collina discusses Congress avoiding tough decisions on defense budget by bloating Overseas Contingency Operations, the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act, and the Budget Control Act.
The Carnegie Int'l Nuclear Policy Conference
held March 23-24 in Wash. DC, has ended; videos of talks and forums can be seen at the Carnegie site.
Successful Citizen Activism Against
Expanded U.S. Plutonium Pit Production
This is the unsung story of successful citizen activism against repeated government attempts to expand the production of plutonium pit cores, which has always been the choke point of resumed U.S. nuclear weapons production. This history is a critical part of the march toward a future world free of nuclear weapons. We gratefully dedicate it to Leroy Moore, longtime activist with the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, and J. Carson Mark, retired director of the Los Alamos Lab's Theoretical Division and ardent arms control advocate.
(View/download full report- PDF)
"[Sen.] Udall can't have it both ways, wishing for future limits on plutonium pit production while supporting the very programs and facilities that will expand production.
He needs to stand up, pick one or the other, and make clear whether he is working for a world free of nuclear weapons or not."
-Jay Coghlan, executive director of Nuclear Watch New Mexico, in a published comment on a Feb 22 Santa Fe New Mexican article titled "Udall weighs in on LANL's next mission: Pits".
March 27: NukeWatch Fact Sheet
Plutonium Pit Production
In 1989, an FBI raid investigating environmental crimes abruptly stopped the annual production of hundreds of plutonium pits at the Rocky Flats Plant near Denver.
In 1997 the Department of Energy reestablished limited production of up to 20 pits per year at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
Since the turn of the century citizen activists have stopped the National Nuclear Security Administration in each of its four attempts to expand production far beyond the 20 plutonium pits per year.
Plutonium pit production has always been the choke point for resumed U.S. production of new nuclear weapons. See the NukeWatch fact sheet including a timeline of pit production restart attempts:
(View/download "Plutonium Pit Production at LANL")
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DC Days May 18-20:
Watchdog Groups Head to DC to Urge Congress and the Obama Administration to Confront "The Growing US Nuclear Threat"
New ANA report seeks cuts in bomb plants and warhead modernization; use savings for cleanup and weapons dismantlement
Activists from nearly a dozen states are heading to DC for the the 27th annual Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) "DC Days". They will urge Congress and the Obama administration to confront "the growing US nuclear threat"; and will deliver the ANA's new report, a 20-page analysis which dissects the Obama Administration's latest plans to spend hundreds of billions more on nuclear weapons programs without, the authors conclude, enhancing U.S. security. (View/download PDF: The Growing US Nuclear Threat).
Joining the Alliance in DC will be four members of Nuclear Watch New Mexico: Dr. James Doyle, a nonproliferation expert fired by the Los Alamos Lab after writing a study arguing for nuclear weapons abolition; Chuck Montano, former LANL auditor and author of his just-released book Los Alamos: A Whistleblower's Diary; Jay Coghlan, Executive Director; and Scott Kovac, Operations Director. "We will use this opportunity to represent New Mexicans who oppose the open checkbook policy for nuclear weapons by Congress to the National Labs", Kovac said.
Both Doyle and Coghlan have recently returned from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference at the United Nations in New York City where they witnessed U.S. officials claiming that the trillion dollar plans for nuclear weapons modernization "contribute to and do not detract from progress on our NPT nuclear disarmament obligations."
But as Ralph Hutchison of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, the report's editor, noted, "Massive spending on nuclear weapons 'modernization' increases the nuclear danger for the US. And lack of accountability at DOE wastes billions and puts the public at even greater risk. ANA members from across the country will urge policy-makers to cut programs that fund dangerous boondoggles. The money saved should be redirected to cleaning up the legacy of nuclear weapons research, testing and production..." (Read the full press release)
Update May 15, 2015:
Free at Last! Plowshares Trio to be Released from Prison
The federal appeals court has ordered the immediate release of Sister Megan Rice, Michael R. Walli, and Greg Boertje-Obed after their sabotage convictions were overturned.
May 8, 2015:
Plowshares Trio Sabotage Convictions Overturned; Sentences Vacated
Appeals court ruling: sabotage convictions thrown out; sentences on all convictions vacated- Sister Megan Rice, Michael R. Walli, and Greg Boertje-Obed may be freed with time served for lesser convictions.
"We reject the government's argument that the defendants intended to interfere with the national defense by seeking to create "bad publicity" for Y-12. First Amendment issues aside, it takes more than bad publicity to injure the national defense. The defendants' convictions under §2155(a) must be reversed."
Here's the full text of the decision: view/download PDF.
May 8, 2015:
Four Reasons Why U.S. Claims of NPT Compliance Are False
NukeWatch's Jay Coghlan has recently returned from the NonProliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations. The U.S. claims to be in compliance with the NPT's obligation that all nuclear powers disarm their stockpiles. This is false given the trillion dollar plan for rebuilding nuclear weapons with new military capabilities, new production facilities and new missiles, subs and bombers.
- Read the full NukeWatch fact sheet:
- Related: Hans Kristensen (Director, Nuclear Information Project, Federation of American Scientists), made a very informative 40-slide presentation on worldwide nuclear modernization programs at the NPT RevCon in New York last week: view/download PDF.
WIPP Leak: Federal Investigators Blame LANL & WIPP Contractors, DOE, NNSA
The Accident Investigation Board, appointed by the Department of Energy, has found that:
- "Managers at LANL were not receptive to bad news and would retaliate in response to reported issues."
- "Management didn't listen when workers at the waste processing facility reported witnessing 'foaming and an orange or yellow colored smoke coming from drums.'"
- "One employee also said 'when workers questioned the logic of using organic cat litter, 'they were told to focus on their area of expertise and not to worry about other areas of the procedure.'" (Albuquerque Journal)
"Federal investigators found that a dozen problems at the lab and Department of Energy offices overseeing waste processing contributed to the accident, including failure of Los Alamos National Security to effectively review and control waste packaging, train contractors and identify weaknesses in waste handling. The board also found that contractors Los Alamos National Security and Energy Solutions, and the National Nuclear Security Administration office at the lab failed "to ensure that a strong safety culture existed within... the organization at the lab." (New Mexican)
Critical failures of leadership at every level
New Mexico's congressional delegation said in a joint statement "a series of critical failures of leadership at every level led to the very serious accident and release that put numerous New Mexicans at risk, shuttered WIPP for over a year and (has) already cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. This report makes clear that the DOE and its contractors failed to keep faith with the people of New Mexico."
LANL director Charles McMillan wrote in a letter to staff that "the report points out serious deficiencies in our processes and procedures... We now know from the investigations that if LANL had followed certain basic steps, this event would not have happened. Also, if we had complied with our hazardous waste permit, we would have avoided the serious legal and credibility issues we now face... Quite simply, we failed to execute sufficient regulatory and technical reviews in our management of the legacy (transuranic waste) nitrate-salt waste stream."
Director McMillan, whose annual compensation exceeds $1.5 million, outlined LANL's long list of changes and improvements that have been made. "I believe we are turning a corner on this difficult time for the Lab."
One wonders if LANL will be turning that corner together with the current management.
(Sources: Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe New Mexican, AP Wire News)
New Mexico v. LANL/WIPP: settlement of claims for $73 million. (see WIPP settlement PDF)
Los Alamos Town Hall Meeting on WIPP Accident Investigation Board Findings
On Thursday, April 23, the Department of Energy hosted a Town Hall meeting in Los Alamos to discuss the Accident Investigation Board (AIB) findings from the Feb. 14, 2014 drum breach that shut the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant down. Members of the AIB were on hand to present the findings and answer questions.
A video of the meeting is available on YouTube: 'Los Alamos AIB Town Hall'
- Here is the AIB's Carlsbad presentation, given a week earlier in that city:
- Here is the AIB Phase II Report View/download PDF
- More information on our WIPP page
Los Alamos: A Whistleblower's Diary
"A shocking account of foul play, theft and abuse at our nation's premier nuclear R&D installation, uncovering a retaliatory culture where those who dare to question pay with their careers and, potentially, their lives.
"Tommy was unrecognizable. His face was swollen, bruised, and stained with blood, his eyes barely visible through ballooning eyelids and a broken jaw. On his cheek was a ghostly imprint- the tread mark of someone's shoe. Suddenly, with a slight movement of his hand, Tommy waved me in closer to hear him. Speaking softly through lips that barely moved, he said, 'Be careful . . . They kept telling me to keep my fucking mouth shut; they kept telling me to keep my fucking mouth shut,' he repeated." (read more excerpts at the book's website)
Los Alamos: A Whistleblower's Diary, by Chuck Montano, released April 28, 2015. Order your copy from Amazon, or better yet, from the author directly.
Radio interview with Chuck Montano on the book: KSFR Santa Fe.
Chuck Montano serves on Nuclear Watch New Mexico's Steering Committee.
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty entered into force 45 years ago this month
From the White House statement:
"As I stated in Prague in 2009, reinforced in Berlin in 2013, and again reaffirmed last month in my National Security Strategy, the United States seeks the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. We encourage all states to strengthen the NPT as a basis for international cooperation to achieve that shared goal. The NPT remains essential today, and our efforts to achieve nuclear disarmament cannot succeed unless we stand together to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and work for full compliance with the NPT."
And yet, as the Economist wrote in the cover story for its March 7 issue, "...there has been no attempt to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in the military and security doctrines of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, despite their commitments under the NPT." (source)
Note that the Republic of the Marshall Islands brought a lawsuit against the US government for not meeting its obligations under the treaty; the lawsuit was thrown out of court on jurisdictional grounds in February. (A parallel lawsuit has been filed in the Hague with the ICJ.)
The 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is taking place from April 27- May 22, 2015 at the UN in New York City.
MOX, May 4, 2015:
DOE: MOX No Longer Preferred Option For Plutonium Disposition
See SRS Watch media advisory for full story.
MOX, April 22:
UCS reports new DOE estimate: $47.5 billion, up 90% in one year
Union of Concerned Scientists is reporting today that the DOE's new MOX report puts "to-go" cost at $47.5 billion, compared to the $25.1 billion 'to-go' estimate in 2014. But it gets worse... read the details here.
Sen. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Blumenauer (D.Ore.) Introduce SANE Act
Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) today introduced bicameral legislation that would cut $100 billion from the bloated nuclear weapons budget over the next decade.
The Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act cuts specific nuclear weapons and related programs without harming national security. The United States spends more money on nuclear weapons than all other countries combined.
"We are robbing America's future to pay for unneeded weapons of the past," said Senator Markey. "As we debate the budget and Republicans rally around devastating cuts to Medicare, Head Start and investments in research and science, it makes no sense to fund a bloated nuclear arsenal that does nothing to keep our nation safe in the 21st century. We should cure disease, not create new instruments of death. We should fund education, not annihilation. Even within its own budget, the Defense Department should prioritize spending for current threats from ISIL, al Qaeda and cyberterrorists. The SANE Act cuts the nuclear weapons and delivery systems that we don't need and will never use so we can invest in the people and programs that will make America safe and prosperous in the future." (View/download SANE Act text)
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Tell your Congresspeople you support the SANE Act
For immediate release: March 5, 2015
Watchdog Groups Praise NNSA Decision to Obey the Law,
Prepare Supplement Analysis on Bomb Plant
"The National Nuclear Security Administration's disclosure that the agency is "in the process" of preparing a Supplement Analysis for the much-changed Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) at the Y-12 nuclear weapons production plant brought praise from the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) and Nuclear Watch New Mexico. Just two days ago the two grassroots watchdog groups filed an expedited Freedom of Information Act request asking for the Supplement Analysis. At the same time the two groups noted that NNSA could be legally vulnerable without one. ..."
View/download full press release
February 20, 2015:
Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2015 to 2024
Michael Bennett, National Security Division, Congressional Budget Office
(View/download full size chart with keys and annotations)
February 20, 2015:
Los Alamos National Laboratory FY 2016 Congressional Budget Request
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January 22, 2015:
Doomsday Clock: Three Minutes to Midnight
"Today, more than 25 years after the end of the Cold War, the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board have looked closely at the world situation and found it highly threatening to humanity- so threatening that the hands of the Doomsday Clock must once again be set at three minutes to midnight, two minutes closer to catastrophe than in 2014."
"In 2015, unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity, and world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth."
- Read the full Bulletin statement here.
May 18-20, 2015, Wash. DC
DC Days! 2015 (#ANADCDays)
Organized by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability.
(Training Day Sunday May 17.)
From the ANA press release: "Join activists from across the country for four days of training and advocacy; combining advocacy, networking, and fun. DC Days is a unique opportunity to learn how to effectively voice your concerns about nuclear weapons, nuclear power, and nuclear waste. We will meet with and educate members of Congress and the administration. DC Days provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience in political activism and advocacy. It is a great way to make a difference, meet new friends, and have fun!"
Registration is still open.
Among the events at this year's DC Days:
The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability's Awards Reception Monday, May 18, from 5:30-7:30 in Rayburn HOB, B-340. Receiving an award will be Senator Harry Reid, Representative John Garamendi, Jon Lipsky, and Jim Doyle for their contributions towards a safer, saner world. Joe Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund will be the guest speaker. (more info and event listings)
May 21, 2015, Santa Fe
Launching Santa Fe Chapter of Global Zero
Want to see a world without nuclear weapons?
Join Jesse Guillen of Global Zero for the kickoff meeting of Santa Fe Global Zero at the Santa Fe Public Library Downtown Branch, in the Pick Room (2nd floor) at 5:30pm on Thursday, May 21st.
Please let Jesse know if you plan to come so he'll have at least a rough idea of how many will attend, either at the event's Facebook page or by email: email@example.com
For an extensive weekly listing of nuclear-related events worldwide, subscribe to the Nuclear Calendar
2015 NPT Review Conf. April 27- May 22 NYC
The 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is meeting from April 27 to May 22 in New York City. There are literally dozens of conferences and briefings scheduled; have a look at:
- Calendar of Events.
- Information for civil society participation
Official Site: NPT 2015 Review Conference
- Background and Key Resources (ACA)
- Conference Resources (CNS)
- More NPT resources at Reaching Critical Will
- Some videos of conference symposia and presentations are archived at UN Web TV
- Text of the Non-Proliferation Treaty
- Archive of statements to the 2015 NPT Review Conf.
NPT Review with Dr. James Doyle
Here's a good review of the NPT situation going into the conference this month, in a podcast from ABC (Australia):
"Who's next- looking back on 45 years of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty", with Dr. James Doyle, ex-LANL non-proliferation expert. (Listen audio/mp3)
Worldwide Nuclear Weapon Modernization Programs
Hans M. Kristensen Director, Nuclear Information Project, Federation of American Scientists
Presentation to Side Event on Nuclear Weapon Modernizations Organized by Alliance for Nuclear Accountability April 28.
40 pages (slides) (View/download PDF)
2015 NPT Review Conference
Adam Mount, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Affairs, and a columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, talks about the 2015 Review Conference ("RevCon"), and why it's likely to be "a dismal failure".
Nuclear Disarmament, Non-proliferation, and Energy: Fresh Ideas for the Future
April 28 Tuesday; academic conference, organizers: The Netherlands government, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. (More videos of this and other symposia are available at UN Web TV)
The Urgency of Action on the CTBT
Contributing to International Peace and Security in an Increasingly Unstable World
28 Apr 2015 - Side Event of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Preparatory Commission (CTBTO PrepCom)
April 28 & 29, May 6 & 13, UNHQ, New York City:
Film Series on Nuclear Disarmament
The UN Office for Disarmament Affairs will present a documentary film series on nuclear disarmament at UNHQ, New York, April 28 & 29, May 6 & 13. (more info)
LANL's Central Mission
Los Alamos Lab officials have recently claimed that LANL has moved away from primarily nuclear weapons to "national security", but what truly remains as the Labs central mission? Here's the answer from one of its own documents:
LANL's "Central Mission"- Presented at: RPI Nuclear Data 2011 Symposium for
Criticality Safety and Reactor Applications (PDF) 4/27/11
Quote of the Week
"We certainly urge the United States to work with Russia and we have been urging them to separate the issue of the day, which is Ukraine, from the issue of the decades, which is nuclear disarmament. Deterrence is even less stable in a multipolar world. We might ask, 'Are nations, including our own, serious about nuclear disarmament if they are modernizing nuclear weapons systems?'"
- Stephen Colecchi, director of The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of International Justice and Peace
(Time, April 10, 2015)
From the Watchblog this week:
Sen. Udall's Unlikely Alliances: Chemical, Nuclear Industries
Sen. Boxer: Chemical 'reform' bill introduced by Sens. Udall & Vittner was drafted by American Chemical Council (The Hill, March 19)
"The NNSA wants to expand the ability to make new nuclear plutonium pits to the tune of 50 to 80 a year. The current production is about 5 to 10 a year and yet there is no explanation of why we need to go to 50 to 80... We've never been given the information on why this in necessary, either in classified hearings or in public hearings."
Rep. John Garamendi (D.CA) speaking at a House Armed Services Committee Hearing; Garamendi introduced a series of amendments which seek to better inform Congress about the costs and risks of America's participation in a new nuclear arms race.
"Launch-on-warning is a relic of Cold War strategy whose risk today far exceeds its value. In periods of heightened tensions and reduced decision times, the likelihood of human and technical error in control systems increases... Our leaders urgently need to talk and, we hope, agree to scrap this obsolete protocol before a devastating error occurs."
Former STRATCOM commander Gen. James Cartwright and Major General Vladimir Dvorkin who led the research institute of Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces, in a New York Times OpEd April 20, 2015.
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