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Facility Spotlight, March, 2018:

""This project is already a classic boondoggle, and they are just getting started."
Ralph Hutchison, coordinator of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance on the UPF at Y12

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Nuclear Weapons Complex Misconduct
Dec. 3, 2015. POGO: Updated Federal Contractor Misconduct Database, focussing on Nuclear Complex (see report at POGO)

ANA Map of nuclear risks USA
Click the image to view and download this large printable map of DOE sites, commercial reactors, nuclear waste dumps, nuclear transportation routes, surface waters near sites and transport routes, and underlying aquifers. This map was prepared by Deborah Reade for the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability.

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"I have serious questions about whether there is enough room at WIPP to store additional waste from Savannah River, given the clear legal limits in the Act, which were negotiated following a lawsuit New Mexico won against DOE when I served as Attorney General... If DOE is asking New Mexico to take on additional waste missions beyond what is authorized by current law, unilateral action (by DOE) is absolutely not an option."
- New Mexico Senator Tom Udall on DOE plans to send the 34 tons of plutonium that the now-cancelled MOX facility in Sth Carolina was to process to WIPP in New Mexico. (source)

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
LANL's "Central Mission"- Presented at: RPI Nuclear Data 2011 Symposium for Criticality Safety and Reactor Applications (PDF) 4/27/11

Kirtland nuclear weapons complex
The Kirtland AFB Nuclear Weapons Complex
Kirtland Air Force Base, which abuts and shares some runways with the Albuquerque airport, has become a major nuclear weapons complex of it's own. It hosts the Air Force's Nuclear Weapons Center, Sandia National Laboratories, and what is probably the nation's (and perhaps the world's) largest repository of nuclear weapons, estimated at up to 2,500 warheads... (read more)

Follow the Money!

LANL FY 2019 Budget Request
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Note that the percentage of the LANL budget request for core nuclear weapons activities has risen to 70%.

Sandia FY 2019
Click to view full PDF Lab Table data
Five years ago Sandia Labs was less than 50% nuclear weapons. That is no longer true because of "Life Extension Programs" that give existing nuclear weapons new military capabilities.
Sandia Labs 2019 budget breakdown

NNSA FY 2019 Budget Request
- Nuclear Watch Analysis/Compilation (PDF)

Congressional Budget Office report:
Projected Costs of Nuclear Forces 2014-2023

CBO presentation based on the report:
Projected Nuclear Forces Budget Through 2023
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Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan
- View/Download FY 2018 SSMP (PDF)
- View/Download FY 2017 SSMP (PDF)
- SSMP Analysis of Hans Kristensen, FAS: Nuclear Transparency and the Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan (PDF)
- View/Download FY 2015 SSMP (PDF)
- NWNM Analysis (PDF) / Analysis Summary (PDF)

Nuclear Watch Media

Santa Fe, Feb. 9, 2018:
Jay Coghlan, Nukewatch Director Interview
'Living on the Edge', KSFR Radio. Jay speaks about the Doomsday Clock and the Trump Nuclear Posture Review. Archived podcast here.

Santa Fe, Sept 7, 2017:
Rep. Ted Lieu and Jay Coghlan on KSFR Radio
"Living on the Edge" with David Bacon, 101.1 FM
***Archived Podcast***

Santa Fe, Aug 3, 2017:
Jay Coghlan, Nukewatch Director Interview
With David Bacon on Living on the Edge, KSFR. Archived podcast here

KUNM FM: LANL's Long Environmental Cleanup
KUNM public radio discussion of Los Alamos cleanup, and Nukewatch lawsuit Archived podcast here

NukeWatch YouTube Channel
See our playlists of key video clips.

plutonium pit production history

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. (View/download full report- PDF)

Updated March 2017: NukeWatch Fact Sheet:
"Plutonium Pit Production at LANL"
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NukeWatch fact sheet, September 26, 2017:
Expanded Plutonium Pit Production at LANL Will Not Result in Significant Positive Effect On Job Creation and the Regional Economy
(View/download PDF)

Waste Lands- WSJ

Waste Lands: America's Forgotten Nuclear Legacy
The Wall St. Journal has compiled a searchable database of contaminated sites across the US. (view)
Related WSJ report:
A Nuclear Cleanup Effort Leaves Questions Lingering at Scores of Old Sites, Legacy of US Arms Buildup...

What is both sobering and addictive?
This "Wheel of Near Misfortune" created by Union of Concerned Scientists- don't miss it!

Dr. Perry's South Asian Nuclear Nightmare
Dr. William J. Perry, the 19th Secretary of Defense, shares his South Asian nuclear nightmare in this video produced by the William J. Perry Project.

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What would happen if an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated above midtown Manhattan?
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Nuclear Watch New Mexico, POGO, SRS Watch: Letter to Senators, May 21, 2018:
Nuclear Watchdogs Call for Analysis of Justification for New Plutonium Facility
Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Feinstein:
"The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced last week that it plans to repurpose the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina to produce plutonium pits used in nuclear weapons. Before Congress appropriates any funding for this project, the Department of Energy should be required to demonstrate a concrete national security need for such an expensive endeavor, which will be a completely new mission at SRS.
"... NNSA has long claimed the need for more pit production capacity. But they have not provided specific justification for that supposed need...
"In fact, due to years of dismantlements, the NNSA has over 14,000 plutonium pits in storage, many of them specifically designated for potential reuse in new nuclear weapons as part of a "strategic reserve." While there were initially concerns that these pits would degrade over time making them less powerful or reliable, a 2006 report by an independent science advisory group known as JASON ... confirmed that the pits for the warheads in the planned stockpile "have credible minimum lifetimes in excess of 100 years..."
(Read the full letter from Nuclear Watch New Mexico, POGO, and Savannah River Site Watch)

NNSA: Plutonium Pit Production at Both Los Alamos and Savannah River Site
"To achieve DoD's 80 pits per year requirement by 2030, NNSA's recommended alternative repurposes the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina to produce plutonium pits while also maximizing pit production activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. This two-prong approach with at least 50 pits per year produced at Savannah River and at least 30 pits per year at Los Alamos is the best way to manage the cost, schedule, and risk of such a vital undertaking."
-Joint Statement from Ellen M. Lord and Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty on Recapitalization of Plutonium Pit Production, May 10, 2018 (See full NNSA statement)
NB: Lisa Gordon-Hagerty is the Administrator of the NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration); Ellen Lord is a DOD Under-secretary and Chair of the Nuclear Weapons Council (Gordon-Hagerty is also an NWC member).

For immediate release, May 10, 2018:
What's Not in NNSA's Plutonium Pit Production Decision
NukeWatch Press release excerpts:
- There is no explanation why the Department of Defense requires at least 80 pits per year, and no justification to the American taxpayer why the enormous expense of expanded production is necessary.
- NNSA did not mention that up to 15,000 "excess" pits are already stored at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, TX, with up to another 5,000 in "strategic reserve." The agency did not explain why new production is needed given that immense inventory of already existing plutonium pits. (In 2006 independent experts found that pits last a least a century. Plutonium pits in the existing stockpile now average around 40 years old.)
- NNSA did not explain how to dispose of all of that plutonium, given that the MOX program is an abysmal failure. Nor is it made clear where future plutonium wastes from expanded pit production will go since operations at the troubled Waste Isolation Pilot Plant are already constrained from a ruptured radioactive waste barrel, and its capacity is already overcommitted to existing radioactive wastes.
- NNSA did not make clear that expanded plutonium pit production is for a series of speculative future "Interoperable Warheads", meant for new ICBMs and submarine-launched ballistic missiles... Altogether the three planned "Interoperable Warheads" will cost at least $40 billion, despite the fact that the Navy doesn't want or support them.
- The independent Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board has expressed strong concerns about the safety of plutonium operations at both the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Savannah River Site, particularly regarding potential nuclear criticality incidents.
(there's more: read the full press release)
Jay Coghlan, Nuclear Watch Director, commented, "NNSA has already tried four times to expand plutonium pit production, only to be defeated by citizen opposition and its own cost overruns and incompetence. But we realize that this fifth attempt is the most serious. However, we remain confident it too will fall apart, because of its enormous financial and environmental costs and the fact that expanded plutonium pit production is simply not needed for the existing nuclear weapons stockpile. We think the American public will reject new-design nuclear weapons, which is what this expanded pit production decision is really all about." (View/download press release)
- Dossier: Plutonium Pit Production at LANL
- Fact Sheet: Plutonium Pit Production
- History: Successful Citizen Activism Against Expanded U.S. Plutonium Pit Production
Press coverage, NNSA announcement:
- Public Integrity: Los Alamos would lose some future bomb production under new
  Trump administration plan

- Los Alamos Monitor: NNSA announces decision on pit production
- SF New Mexican: Feds: Los Alamos lab to share plutonium work with South Carolina site
- Albuquerque Journal: Feds split 'pit' work between LANL and S.C.
- Public News Service: Los Alamos to Build Part of Next-Gen Nuclear Weapons
- Albuquerque Journal: New 'Pit' Plan May Mean More Waste at WIPP
34 metric tons of plutonium that were to be processed at the Savannah River Site may be headed to WIPP in New Mexico, after it has been diluted and mixed with inert material. NM Senator Udall: "I have serious questions about whether there is enough room at WIPP to store additional waste from Savannah River, given the clear legal limits in the Act, which were negotiated following a lawsuit New Mexico won against DOE when I served as Attorney General... If DOE is asking New Mexico to take on additional waste missions beyond what is authorized by current law, unilateral action (by DOE) is absolutely not an option." (ref)

Three of several cost overrun charts from the POGO report: the UPF, CMRR, and MOX facilities. Click to enlarge.

May 7, 2018:
POGO Report: NNSA Needs Budgetary Oversight and Accountability
- "Five recent projects by NNSA show that costs are significantly increasing- sometimes by nearly 8 times more than the initial estimates. These five programs have a combined total of $28 billion in cost overruns over the last 20 years."
- "Unsurprisingly NNSA contract management has been on the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) list of high-risk program areas for issues stemming from mismanagement since 1990, when the list was created."
- Despite its long and well-documented record of budget-busting projects (One mistake at the UPF cost taxpayers $540 million), the NNSA is not subject to the same kind of cost reporting requirements as the Department of Defense.
- "Part of the reason Congress hasn't applied similar standards to the NNSA could be that the agency and its contractors have successfully captured Congressional attention, and appropriations. In 2016, a Project On Government Oversight (POGO) investigation into Congressional fellowships found that the nuclear laboratories, and the contractors running them, had been placing Fellows in key Committees and offices for decades. It's the kind of access most industry professionals can only dream about."
- "NNSA's project management problems will only be compounded by an aggressive plan to upgrade existing nuclear warheads and infrastructure and to develop new nuclear weapons." (read more at POGO)
Our related files: CMRR dossier; MOX dossier; Lawsuit v. UPF

For immediate release, May 2, 2018:
NNSA Proposal to Raise Plutonium Limit Ten-Fold in Los Alamos' Rad Lab Is First Step in Expanded Plutonium Pit Production: Environmental Assessment Is Premature and Deceptive By Omission
"NNSA should begin nation-wide review of plutonium pit production, why it's needed, and what it will cost the American taxpayer in financial, safety and environmental risks. These are all things that the public should know." -Jay Coghlan, Director, Nuclear Watch New Mexico.
(see full press release)
** See NukeWatch's critique of these plans - our official 'public comments' as submitted (PDF)
  Addendum to NukeWatch comments: (PDF)
- Note: NNSA is expected to announce its decision on May 11 regarding where plutonium pits will be produced: at Los Alamos, or at Savannah River Site... or both.
- See Patrick Malone's in-depth article for the Center for Public Integrity (May 2):
  Safety concerns plague key sites proposed for nuclear bomb production
- May 4, 2018: Jay Coghlan Op-Ed, Albuquerque Journal:
  Assessment of LANL Rad Lab premature, incomplete

historic breakthrough for Koreas

April 27, 2018:
Extraordinary: Koreas Pledge To Pursue Final Peace, Denuclearization
After an historic summit, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have pledged to pursue "a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula" and to work towards "a permanent and solid peace regime."
Kim said: "There is no reason why we should fight each other- we are one nation."
"The Koreas will work together to ensure they do not 'repeat the unfortunate history in which past inter-Korea agreements...fizzled out after beginning.'" (story: Deutsche Welle)

April 26, 2018:
LANL Rad Lab: Formal Comments Under Nat'l Environmental Policy Act
Against raising plutonium limit at LANL Rad Lab
** View/download Nuclear Watch comments as submitted (PDF)
** Additional Nuclear Watch comments as submitted April 27: (PDF)
"This Draft Rad Lab EA is deficient. There are major omissions, for example the lack of analyses of potential beryllium hazards and Intentional Destructive Acts. Moreover, safety, occupational and seismic risks are explained away in "preliminary analyses." All this should be corrected in a more complete environmental impact statement, including final and transparent analyses of safety and seismic risks...
"NNSA should proceed with a broader environmental impact statement after its May 11 decision on the future of expanded plutonium pit production."
- NNSA is planning a 10-fold increase in plutonium at the LANL Rad Lab with a view to ramping up the production of plutonium pits for new nuclear weapons.
- NNSA wants to re-categorize the Rad Lab from a "radiological facility" to a "Hazard Category-3" nuclear facility. - (See details in our press release)
- National Environmental Policy Act

April 13, 2018:
Barrel of nuclear weapons waste on the way to WIPP 'ruptures' at Idaho Lab
That barrel of radioactive waste that 'ruptured' at the Idaho National Lab last week, which activated the Federal Emergency Operations Center? That barrel contained waste from the Rocky Flats Plant near Denver, the nuclear bomb factory of the Cold War, since shut down following a federal raid regarding environmental crimes. Why was it at Idaho? Because it was coming to New Mexico's WIPP site, and was marooned at Idaho while WIPP spent 3 years recovering from its own burst barrel of radioactive waste, produced at Los Alamos during the Cold War. In fact, both barrels contained wastes from the production of plutonium pits- the cores of nuclear weapons- and were likely packed in the same manner. (more info)
- Update April 26:
Officials Say Radioactive Sludge Barrel Ruptures Now Total 4
We are now learning that the original Rocky Flats barrels had been buried at Idaho in the 1960s, and were being repackaged for shipment to WIPP, and ruptured the same day. Erik Simpson, spokesman for DOE contractor Fluor, said when fire crews went in to extinguish the first smoldering barrel, they discovered other possible breaches, and "crews outside heard some of the barrels rupture."
'Whatever was in the barrels reacted in such a way to increase pressure inside the barrels to the point of causing the "ruptures". Simpson said there are no immediate theories, but everything from the contents to the process of repackaging will be examined.'
The Idaho site sits above the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer that's used by cities for drinking water and farmers for irrigation. The site has been used for nuclear waste disposal and storage beginning in the 1950s. The federal government has been cleaning it up following court battles and several agreements with Idaho in the 1990s amid concerns by state officials that Idaho was becoming the nation's nuclear waste dump. The Energy Department has already missed several deadlines under those agreements involving moving nuclear waste out of Idaho and has paid about $3.5 million in fines.
This waste is so toxic, and for so long, that it is to be interred thousands of feet below the surface in 200 million year old salt beds, which it is hoped will slowly encase the lethal material for as close to forever as we can get. And we are still making this stuff! In fact, Los Alamos has been tasked by NNSA with rebooting and accelerating plutonium pit production to 80 pits a year by 2030. See Plutonium Pit Production at LANL
- See more on NNSA plans for accelerated pit production: NukeWatch 2/22 press release.
May 18: Don't Call It an Explosion: Gaseous Ignition Events with Radioactive Waste

April 11, 2018:
LANL Subcontractor Tetra Tech in 'Biggest Eco-Fraud in US History'
Hunters Point, San Francisco Bay:
Hunters Point fraudulent cleanup Workers at Tetra Tech, a Pasadena-based firm with a history of winning government contractors, first came forward beginning in 2012 with allegations that the cleanup had been faked on the orders of higher-ups at the company. A review of Tetra Tech's data, conducted last year by other contractors hired by the U.S. Navy and first published by Curbed SF, found that as much as 49 percent of the company's work had signs of manipulation or outright falsification and could not be trusted, that the company had committed "widespread radiological data falsification and doctored records, and covered it up.
In February, Nuclear Watch raised the alarm about Tetra Tech, calling on DOE to "reconsider" its choice of contractor to clean up radioactive wastes from nuclear bomb production at Los Alamos Lab.
"'Serious allegations of fraud by Tetra Tech were raised long before the LANL cleanup contract was awarded,' a written statement from Nuclear Watch said. 'The US Navy found that the company had committed widespread radiological data falsification, doctored records and supporting documentation, and covered up fraud at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard cleanup project in San Francisco, CA.'''
DOE responded that Tetra Tech would stay; a spokesman said DOE would "continue to monitor and evaluate" Tetra Tech's work. (ref)
We have just learned that an independent review by the EPA found that the Navy dramatically understated the scope of the problem. According to the EPA, as much as 97 percent of the cleanup data is unreliable and must be retested, according to John Chestnutt, manager of the EPA's local Superfund Division. (read more)
- View/download petition to revoke Tetra Tech's license- includes declarations by the whistleblowers and copies of the faked Chain of Custody forms.
San Francisco Chronicle Editorial April 12:
SF Deserves Answers About Falsified Cleanup at Hunters Point Shipyard
Update, April 22:
It gets worse: Toxic Soil Went From SF's Hunters Point to State Landfills, Ex-Workers Say
"Soil with potentially dangerous levels of radioactive waste was trucked to conventional landfills across California - the sort of dumps that typically fill up with tree branches, construction debris and old dishwashers, not radiological waste from a former nuclear test lab that handled uranium and plutonium."
Update, May 3:
Two Sentenced For Falsifying Reports On Soil Samples at Hunters Point
"Two former supervisors involved in the cleanup of radioactive contaminants at the old Hunters Point Naval Shipyard have pleaded guilty to falsifying soil samples in the widening environmental scandal that has engulfed San Francisco’s largest redevelopment project."
- See related: NukeWatch Press Release, February 28, 2018: Major LANL Cleanup Subcontractor Implicated in Fraud- Entire Los Alamos Cleanup Should Be Re-evaluated

Might be a good time to watch this short BBC film again

April 11, 2018:
At the Brink?
Russian military: incoming missiles will be shot down and launch sites destroyed if they threaten Russian personnel.
Trump: "Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and smart!" (ref)
April 15: Cooler heads seem to have prevailed, for the time being anyway. Close scrapes like this are a reminder of the urgency of getting rid of nuclear weapons, not making more and better ones. To those who say now is not the time due to "tensions", we say this is exactly when it must be done, before they are used, to our everlasting regret.

For Immediate Release March 26, 2018:
United States To Begin Construction Of New Nuclear Bomb Plant
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced on Friday, March 23, that it was authorizing the start of construction of the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) and two sub-projects at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The UPF is a facility dedicated solely to the manufacture of thermonuclear cores for US nuclear bombs and warheads. Citizen watchdog groups are responding by filing an expedited Freedom of Information Act request demanding a full fiscal accounting of the UPF bomb plant- something the NNSA has refused to provide for the last five years, including to Congress, despite repeated assurances that the project is "on budget."
"This project is already a classic boondoggle, and they are just getting started," said Ralph Hutchison, coordinator of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) in Knoxville, Tennessee. "Worse, it undermines US efforts to discourage nuclear proliferation around the world. How can we oppose the nuclear ambitions of other countries when we are building a bomb plant here to manufacture 80 thermonuclear cores for warheads every year?"
Jay Coghlan of NukeWatch points out that "This project already has a long history, and it is instructive. In 2013, DOE announced it was 85% finished with the UPF design when it ran into the 'space/fit' issue- and more than a half-billion taxpayer dollars were just written off. In private business, that kind of thing gets you fired. In DOE's world of contractors running amok, they not only didn't get fired, not one Congressional hearing was held and the UPF budget went up the next year!"
- See full press release for all the details (PDF)
- View/download the OREPA/NukeWatch FOIA request (pdf)
- NukeWatch, NRDC, and OREPA Lawsuit v. UPF

Trump's New Posse
John Bolton, Nat'l Security Advisor; Trump; Mike Pompeo, Sec. of State designate; Gina Haspel, CIA Director designate

March 25, 2018:
The Chaotic Trump Administration Stumbles Toward War On Multiple Fronts
Cold war, hot wars, trade wars. With the appointment of John Bolton as Trump's National Security Advisor, following CIA Director Mike Pompeo being named Secretary of State, a war cabinet seems to be taking shape. Both Pompeo and Bolton want to renounce the Iran deal, facing a May 12 deadline for other signatories to change the terms of the deal or else; Bolton has recently called for bombing Iran. Bolton has also called for bombing North Korea, and we wonder how this will influence the President's avowed plan to meet Kim Jong Un in May.
"A positive trend towards a diplomatic opening with North Korea has been overwhelmed by the Bolton and Pompeo selections and the chaos in the White House. These appointments make it almost certain that Trump will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal in May, further undermining any potential agreement with North Korea... This is the moment the administration has officially gone off the rails." -Joe Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund (ref)
Senator Markey: "John Bolton supports proactively bombing Iran and conducting a first strike on North Korea without provocation. Appointing him to be Nat Sec Advisor is a grave danger to the American people and a clear message from Trump that he is gearing up for military conflict." (ref)
"Bolton's extreme views could tilt the malleable Mr. Trump in the wrong direction on critical decisions affecting... the Iran nuclear deal, the North Korean nuclear crisis, and the strained U.S. relationship w/ Russia, among other issues." -Daryl Kimball, Director, Arms Control Assoc. (ref). See also: Foreign Policy: John Bolton Is a National Security Threat

Last year, when advisors were briefing the incoming president on the nuclear arsenal, Trump is reported to have asked, several times, 'If we have them, why can't we use them?' At the time it seemed a symptom of Trump's cluelessness on nuclear matters. In retrospect, it seems something far more worrisome. (source)

GCRI Nuclear War Risk Model
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March 19, 2018:
A Model for the Probability of Nuclear War
The Global Catastrophic Risk Institute has presented a model for calculating the total probability of nuclear war. "The model is based on 14 interrelated scenarios for how nuclear war can break out, covering perhaps the entire range of nuclear war scenarios... the paper also includes a dataset of historical incidents that might have threatened to turn into nuclear war. 60 historical incidents are included, making it perhaps the largest such dataset currently available". -GCRI (view/download PDF)

March 11, 2018:
On the 7th Anniversary of Fukushima Disaster, It's Still a Long Way From Over
7 years on, the decontamination process scheduled for March 2018 has been suspended due to "extremely high" radiation levels (one hour, you're dead). (ref)
Below are some recent updates. But note in particular the in-depth account of the USS Reagan sailors who were irradiated in the disaster. Nine of the plaintiffs have died while TEPCO continues to fight their lawsuit.
- Injustice at Sea- the irradiated sailors of the USS Reagan
- 7 Years on, Sailors Exposed to Fukushima Radiation Seek Their Day in Court
- After Alarmingly High Radiation Levels Detected, What Are the Facts in Fukushima?
- Radiation levels still 3x safe levels, some areas higher than 2016
- Japan's chief nuclear regulator says the 2011 accident is not over
- Tepco's 'ice wall' fails to freeze Fukushima's toxic water buildup
- A $320 Million Ice Wall Still Can't Contain Radioactive Water Near Fukushima
- Fukushima Ice Wall Failing, Water Seepage Into Nuclear Reactors Still A Problem
- Ongoing court cases

Don't Bank on the Bomb

March 10, 2018:
Don't Bank on the Bomb 2018 Report
View/download Report PDF
Don't Bank on the Bomb's 2018 report found that 22 financial institutions comprehensively prevented any involvement in nuclear weapon producing companies in 2017, up from 18 in 2016 and 13 in 2015: including Norway's Government Pension Fund, Australia's Future Super, U.S.-based fund manager Green Century and Denmark's MP Pension, which manages pensions for Danish academics.
There were a further 41 institutions that excluded nuclear weapon producers from their investments, but whose policy was not all-inclusive, up from 36 in 2016 and 40 in 2015.
Of the $525 billion invested, $81 billion more than a year previously, more than half came from the top 10 investors, all U.S.-based, led by Blackrock, Capital Group and Vanguard, the report said.
"The small group of countries that have nuclear weapons are modernizing and even expanding their arsenals.
"At the same time, a large majority of countries around the world are calling for an end to this new nuclear arms race."
"Author of the report Susi Snyder: 'The Nuclear Ban Treaty has sparked momentum towards divestment, shown by 10% fewer investors in nuclear weapon producers, and an increase in financial institutions comprehensively prohibiting any investment. Investments are not neutral, these companies should be congratulated for standing on the side of humanity.'" (ref) / (ref2)

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Enough is Enough!
Concerned Citizens' Comments Needed

We urge our readers to send in their comments on these important issues for our state. Every comment submitted helps build momentum against a high-level nuclear waste repository in southeast NM.

Lethal High Level Waste Site Near Carlsbad
- sample comments
Comment period extended! Now due by July 30.
- New facility to store 100,000 metric tons of lethal high-level nuclear waste from commercial reactors across the country, with potential to increase to 120,000 metric tons for 120 years. Plans are for a shallow sub-surface burial system. These sites, and any transport to these sites, are not only dangerous, but environmentally unjust.
- More info: High-Level Waste to New Mexico
- See Don Hancock's April 23 presentation on the high-level waste site planned for New Mexico: (View/download PDF) Don is Director of the Southwest Research and Information Center.
- sample comments can be found here
- submit comments online

Nobel Prize for ICAN Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to ICAN
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received the Nobel Peace Prize Sunday, Dec 10 in Oslo, Norway. ICAN has been the driving force behind the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons voted this summer at the UN and now open for signatures. Nuclear Watch NM is proud to be one of ICAN's 400 affiliated organizations worldwide.

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ANA's 30th Consecutive DC Days [2018]
Alliance for Nuclear Accountability's 30th consecutive DC Days will take place May 21-23, with a training day on May 20. Learn how to work with Washington DC and lobby our representatives and staff effectively.
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See all related docs: NukeWatch lawsuit against DOE & LANS (LANL's corporate manager), re failure to execute cleanup of radioactive wastes.
- UPF Lawsuit
OREPA, NukeWatch, and NRDC lawsuit against the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) -the 'tip of the spear' for the $trillion dollar nuclear modernization project.

ANA 2017 Report-Accountability Audit
ANA Report 2017: Accountability Audit
This year's report examines the extraordinary spending at Department of Energy nuclear facilities and examines ways to reduce risks and save billions of dollars across the U.S. nuclear weapons complex. (View/download PDF)

Alliance For Nuclear Accountability 2016 Report
Out-of-control U.S. nuclear weapons programs accelerate spending, proliferation, health and safety risks: The Trillion Dollar Trainwreck (PDF)

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From the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program- subscribe or view online.
- Nuclear Policy News (CSIS)
Subscribe or view online. Very good selection. Note that CSIS's top ten corporate donors include Lockheed Martin, Northrup-Grumman, Boeing, General Dynamics and Leonardo-Finmeccanica.
- Nuclear Calendar FCNL
Extensive email listing of all nuclear-related events, from the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Subscribe or view online.
- National Security Legislative Calendar
From the Council for a Livable World. (ref)
- NucNews
Very extensive daily dump of nuclear-related news.

FAS Nuclear Notebooks

  - US nuclear forces 2018
  - North Korean Nuclear Capabilities 2018
  - Russian nuclear forces 2018
  - Indian nuclear forces 2017
  - Chinese nuclear forces 2016
  - Pakistan Nuclear forces 2016
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Annotated List of Nuclear Close Calls
An extensive and annotated list of dozens of "broken arrows"- incidents in which nuclear weapons were misplaced, stolen, damaged, or even detonated.
Compiled by Sarah Witmer at, who notes: "These close calls emphasize the lack of proper security for nuclear weapons, and the lack of training and overall competence of militaries and leaders who possess nuclear weapons. There have been far more incidents than those listed here, and likely many that militaries and world leaders withhold as classified."(view list)

Nuclear News

Don't Call It an Explosion: Gaseous Ignition Events with Radioactive Waste

POGO: New Documents Raise Questions About Increased Nuclear Spending

House Panel's 2019 NNSA Budget Cans Interoperable Warhead, Jump-Starts LANL Pits

New 'Pit' Plan May Mean More Waste at WIPP

San Francisco is so expensive that people are spending $1 million to live next to a former nuclear-testing site - now some residents are freaking out after learning the surrounding area may still be radioactive

2 sentenced for falsifying reports on soil samples at Hunters Point

Hundreds of Workers Have Fallen Ill Due To Work At Pantex Nuclear Plant

Op-Ed: Assessment of LANL Rad Lab premature, incomplete

Safety concerns plague key sites proposed for nuclear bomb production

CSM Book Review: '1983' chronicles a Cold War-era narrow escape from nuclear war

* Russia and NATO: How to overcome deterrence instability?

* America's nuclear headache: old plutonium with nowhere to go

Koreas agree to work toward peace and 'complete denuclearization'

* Ukraine's NATO Bid Risks Even Worse U.S.-Russia Ties

Ellsberg: it's still US policy to launch a first-strike nuclear attack

The New B-21 Stealth Bomber (and Old B-52) Will Be Armed with a Nuclear Cruise Missile

Trump's strike on Syria is exactly why North Korea wants nuclear weapons

Public News Service: Groups Fight Nuclear Waste Storage Proposal in NM

San Francisco: Tetra Tech Radioactive Fraud: Green Action Demands

Tepco prediction that 15.7-meter tsunami could hit Fukushima plant stunned regulators just four days before 2011 disaster

Faked Tetra Tech cleanup at Hunters Point Shipyard much worse than Navy estimates

Russia Prepares for Nuclear War With U.S., Instructing Citizens to Buy Water and Gas Masks

U.S., Saudi Arabia and France Talk Military Action in Syria as Russia, China and Iran Warn Against It

Physics Today: Nuclear weapons dangers and policy options

Ukraine Defense Council Secretary Turchynov: Nuclear disarmament of Ukraine was historical mistake

Groups Fight Nuclear Waste Storage Proposal in NM

State environment dept. to fine LANL for hazardous waste violations

Trump Hurtles Toward Three Nuclear Crises

* Red Glare: The Origin and Implications of Russia's 'New' Nuclear Weapons

U.S. Nukes Will Be Useless Without Accelerated Pit Production- StratCom Commander Hyten to Senate

Here's why New Mexico's oil boom is raising a lot of questions about water

43 House Dems Sign Letter to Trump Opposing New NPR

Russia accuses Trump of getting Europe ready for nuclear war

Trump Declines to Rule Out Using Nuclear Weapons Against ISIS

It's Time to Panic Now- John Bolton's appointment as national security adviser puts us on a path to war

John Bolton Is a National Security Threat

* U.S.-Russia Nuclear Arms Racing: Still Crazy After All These Years

Earlier press items here

Current nuclear stockpiles
For country reports and other details see original annotated infographic at

World Nuclear Arsenals

timeline of nuclear close calls

Accidental nuclear war- think it can't happen?
It almost did, quite a few times. See this timeline of nuclear close calls, presented by The Future of Life Institute.

Radioactive Quotes

Newsweek: "Late in his second term, President Obama- who received a Nobel Prize for his anti-nuclear position and who spoke at Hiroshima, calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons- agreed to spend more than a trillion dollars to upgrade them. How much of that transformational process has to do with supporting the industry that developed around nukes?"
Daniel Ellsberg: "I now see that this system was a massive subsidy to the aerospace industry, to prop it up. It was not that [aerospace companies] were doing what the Pentagon needed; it was that the Pentagon was rationalizing what Boeing and Raytheon and Lockheed needed in the way of sales to the government. That has warped everything."
- Newsweek interview May 3, 2018. (source)

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