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Weapons Complex Map
Nuclear Watch Interactive Map:
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    Washington DC
    Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)
    Y-12 National Security Complex

nuclear misconduct
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 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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UCS Nuclear Weapons Complex Interactive
The Union of Concerned Scientists has created an interactive map of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex sites in Google Earth, providing information, collected from public sources, about each facility. (more info, KML file, etc.)

JASON's Schwitters at START hearings
The JASON Advisory Group
JASON is an independent group of scientists which advises the United States government on matters of science and technology; over the decades its members have included 11 Nobel prize laureates.
See a selection of JASON's nuclear-weapons production-related reports on our JASON page.

NukeWatch Fact Sheets and Documents On the Nuclear Weapons Complex

See Also:
Budget and Economic Information, NukeWatch Press Releases, NEPA Comments Archive.

Fact Sheet May 15, 2018: Los Alamos Cleanup
(view/download PDF)

Public Comments Submitted April 25, 2018:
Public Comments Filed on NNSA Proposal to Raise Plutonium Limit Ten-Fold in Los Alamos' Rad Lab
See NukeWatch's critique of these plans - our official 'public comments' as submitted (PDF)
Addendum to NukeWatch comments: (PDF)

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
The National Nuclear Security Administration's own documents have explicitly stated that expanded pit production would have no significant positive effect on job creation and the regional economy of northern New Mexico. Nuclear Watch argues that expanded plutonium pit production could actually have negative effect if it blocks other economic alternatives such as comprehensive cleanup, which could be the real job producer. Moreover, given LANL's poor safety and environmental record, expanded plutonium pit production could have a seriously negative economic impact on northern New Mexico in the event of any major accidents.
- (see fact sheet, Sept 26)

September 11, 2017:
Talking Points: The 2016 LANL Cleanup Consent Order Should Be Rescinded
The 2005 LANL Cleanup Consent Order was all about the enforceable schedules. It required DOE and LANL to investigate, characterize, and clean up hazardous and mixed radioactive contaminants from 70 years of nuclear weapons research and production. It stipulated a detailed compliance schedule that the Lab was required to meet...
Under Gov. Martinez, NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn granted more than 150 compliance milestone extensions at the Lab's request, effectively eviscerating it.
A revised Consent Order was agreed in 2016, but was a big step backward in achieving comprehensive, genuine cleanup at the Lab. The revised CO was a giveaway by NMED to DOE and the Lab, negotiated to allow DOE's budget to drive cleanup, not what is needed to permanently protect our water... (view/download the complete talking points)

NukeWatch fact sheet, updated March 2017:
Plutonium Pit Production at LANL
(View/download PDF)

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 PDF)

August 12, 2015:
Amicus Brief in Support of Marshall Islands Lawsuit
The amicus brief has been prepared by: Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists; Dr. James Doyle, a nuclear nonproliferation expert fired by Los Alamos National Lab after publishing a study arguing for nuclear weapons abolition; Robert Alvarez, a former Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, now at the Institute for Policy Studies; and Jay Coghlan, director of Nuclear Watch New Mexico.

NukeWatch fact sheet, May 8, 2015:
"Four Reasons Why U.S. Claims of NPT Compliance Are False"

May 2015:
Alliance For Nuclear Accountability Report: "The Growing U.S. Nuclear Threat"

NukeWatch fact sheet, March 27, 2015:
Plutonium Pit Production at LANL

NukeWatch chart, February 2015:
LANL FY 2016 Congressional Budget Request

- Senator Markey Nov. 17, 2014 letter to Secretary Moniz regarding the case of James Doyle
- "Increasing the Effectiveness of Nonproliferation and Verification Technology:
  Development Programs, Initial Findings and Recommendations"
  by Dr. James Doyle, Assisted by Jay Coghlan and Scott Kovac (NukeWatch) Nov 16, 2014

- Los Alamos National Laboratory 101 (Sep 26, 2014)
- Sandia National Laboratories 101 (Sep 26, 2014)
- FY2015 Budget LANL Lab Chart with Table
- Pit Production History (Feb 5, 2014)
- Area G Cleanup NWNM presentation Jan 17, 2014 (Power point file, partially corrupted)
- Area G Cleanup Jobs Dec. 11, 2013
- HeatherWilson Sandia contract invoices.pdf
- Comments for the Supplemental Mercury Storage EIS June 5, 2013
- W78, W88 Nuclear Weapons Council Memo Dec.7, 2012.pdf
- Navy Memo Re W87 W88

- Uranium Processing Facility Updates: Dec. 2014 / Aug. 2014 / July 2014 / June 2014 / Jan. 2014 / Dec. 2013

Dec.12, 2013 Updated:
Fact Sheet- Clean Up, Don't Build Up (PDF)
New Mexicans should push their politicians to vigorously lobby for comprehensive cleanup at LANL. Unlike nuclear weapons programs, cleanup would be a win-win that permanently protects the environment and creates hundreds of high paying jobs.

April 22, 2012:
NukeWatch Presentation Public Meeting, Santa Fe ("Occupy Los Alamos!")

March, 2012:
Nuclear Budget Busters: The U.S. Department of Energy's Riskiest, Most Unaccountable Projects
- a report from Alliance for Nuclear Accountability and Nuclear Watch New Mexico

April, 2011:
The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability's 2011 report on nuclear pork projects.

October 28, 2010:
Presentation - 'Modernization' of the Nuclear Weapons Complex: As Proposed and How It Should Be
- Marylia Kelley, Jay Coghlan (with narration) [20 MB PPT]

August 13, 2010:
Presentation- Kansas City Plant and the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex [14 MB PPT]
- (updated with development agreement info) [4 MB PDF version]

July 13, 2010:
NWNM-Analysis FY11-SSM Plan

NWNM-Analysis FY11-SSM Plan Future Radioactive Waste Operations - July 13, 2010

Presentation- The Enduring Stockpile - July 3, 2010

Presentation- A Dubious Bargain - July 2, 2010>

Kansas City and the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex (June update, PDF version)- June 17, 2010

Rebuild of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Production Capacity (three new facilities) - April 29, 2010

Focus on the Proposed New Nuclear Facility at Los Alamos - April 29, 2010

What is Los Alamos? Read our Primer [452 KB] - February 19, 2010

Congressional Budget - Two-Thirds of Lab's Request is for Nuclear Weapons [93KB] - February 19, 2010

Presentation- Kansas City and the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex - January 8, 2010

Costly Plutonium "Nuclear Facility" at Los Alamos Conflicts With New National Security Goals -December 16, 2009

Background Paper: Plutonium Operations Space Requirements and Availability at LANL -December 16, 2009

Nuclear Watch Analysis of Funding for the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration [280KB] -October 20, 2009

Equipment Will More Than Double the Cost of Plutonium Rad Lab [1.4MB] -September 23, 2009

'Work for Others' Key to Lab's Growth - Nuclear Watch chart comparing the two labs [164KB] -September 3, 2008

Facts Vs. Claims about LANL's Role in Complex Transformation [152KB] -March 20, 2008

Factsheet on the Risks of Permanent Pit Production Operations at LANL [196KB] -March 13, 2008

Read our backgrounder on Pit Production at LANL [212 kb] - March 1, 2008

See NukeWatch's "New Policies, Not New Bombs" Powerpoint  [9.5 MB] - March 1, 2008

Nuclear Watch fact sheet on the Kansas City Plant [148kb] -October 19, 2007

Fact sheet on Greater-Than-Class-C (GTCC) waste and Hardened On-site Storage (HOSS)  [136KB] -August 3, 2007

Nuclear Watch Factsheet on 500-ton Tests at WSMR [352KB] -July 27, 2007

LANL's First "Certified" Plutonium Pit: Unnecessary, Provocative, Behind Schedule and Over Budget [160KB] -July 2, 2007

Nuclear Watch rebuttal to "Myths vs. Facts" about RRW [596KB] -March 2, 2007

Economic and Environmental Issues in New Mexico [4.2MB] -December 2006

The Ages of Nuclear Weapons in The U.S. Arsenal [272KB] -December 6, 2006

In the 'Hungriest' State, The USA's Richest County Is Fed by Nuclear Weapons Programs [280KB] -November 24, 2006

Update: Divine Strake to Strike New Mexico [431k] -October 13, 2006

CMRR Fact Sheet - [172KB] -June 9, 2006

The Divine Strake Test   [212k]-May 31, 2006

U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policies and the Kansas City Plant [228 kb] -July 25, 2006

Nuclear Weapons Forever: The Reliable Replacement Warhead -March 17, 2006

DOE Sites at Which Bechtel Has a Presence -December 21, 2005

Reliable Replacement Warhead fact sheet update [60k] -October 17. 2005

Area G at Los Alamos: Lab Plans Expansion and Operations Until at Least 2044 [129k] -October 12, 2005

Reliable Replacement Warhead Fact Sheet [59k] -April 8, 2005

Your Tax Dollars at Work: Privileged Los Alamos Lifestyle Paid for by Weapons of Mass Destruction [125k] -June/July 2004

Press Release: DOE Fails to Provide Technical Criteria for Safe Nuclear Storage [77k] March 24, 2005

Letter from Sec. Spencer Abraham to Gov. Bill Richardson on TA-18 at Los Alamos National Lab [1 MB] November 2004

Press Release: Nuclear Watch to Bid on Los Alamos Management Contract [42k] December 1, 2004

Press Release: Environmental Groups Appeals Court Ruling Allowing Operation of Bio-Warfare Agent Facilities at Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories [96k] November 9, 2004

Letter from Gov. Bill Richardson to DOE Secretary Spencer Abraham on LANL TA-18 [2 MB] October 2004

Background on the Quality of Nuclear Weapons Programs at LANL [31k] September 1, 2004

Press Release: New Mexico Watchdog Group Appalled Over DOE and Safety Board's Urgency for Speed Over Safety In Re-Opening Los Alamos [13k] August 25, 2004

Excerpts on the National Nuclear Security Administration's assessment of University of California management of Los Alamos Lab for FY03. [50k] August 2004

A Rap Sheet on UC Management at LANL [462k] October, 2004

Background on the Quality of Nuclear Weapons Programs at LANL [31k] September 1, 2004

Press Release New Mexico Watchdog Group Appalled Over DOE and Safety Board's Urgency for Speed Over Safety In Re-Opening Los Alamos [13k] August 25, 2004

Los Alamos Has "Immense" Plutonium Inventory Discrepancy

    • Letter to LANL Director, Pete Nanos [52kb]

Federal Safety Board Concludes Fatal Doses Possible: Shutdown LANL's Criticality Experiments! [308kb] August 2004

Your Tax Dollars at Work: Privileged Los Alamos Lifestyle Paid for by Weapons of Mass Destruction [125k] June/July 2004

Some Simple Facts about New Mexico and Nuclear Weapons Updated [11k] April 30, 2004

Bio Lab Litigation Fact Sheet Revised [15k] March 18, 2004

Plantiff's Notice of Motion and Motion for Summary Judgment [165k] February 19, 2004

Budget Fact Sheet [20k] February 5, 2004

Complaint filed by Nuclear Watch of New Mexico and Tri-Valley CAREs. [137k]

Nuclear Watch and Tri-Valley CAREs Media Advisory on Bio Law Suit against the Department of Energy [23k]

Also see The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists article "Mixing Bugs With Bombs" written by Marylia Kelley, Executive Director of Tri-Valley CAREs and Jay Coghlan, Nuclear Watch's Executive Director

Citizens' Monitoring and Technical Assessment Fund Final Report:
An Assessment of Environmental and Economic Impacts of the DOE Environmental Management Programs in New Mexico
November 2003

DOE's Economic Claims in New Mexico are Unsubstantiated
Los Alamos National Laboratory Should Pay Gross Receipts Taxes
[19k] October 15, 2003

Comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Consolidation of Certain Dynamic Experimentation Activities at the Two-Mile Complex [34k] September 18, 2003

Scoping Comments to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency on the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement For DTRA Activities at the White Sands Missile Range [16k] September 15, 2003

Updated Overview of Research and Development Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories [69k] June 16, 2003

Economic Multipliers and the Economic Impact of DOE Spending in New Mexico [37k]
A report by Lloyd J. Dumas, Professor of Economics and Political Economy at the University of Texas in Dallas, in conjunction with Nuclear Watch of New Mexico. March 31, 2003

The Chemical and Metallurgical Research Building Replacement Project
A New Advanced Plutonium Lab For Los Alamos?
[92k] May 28, 2003

Colin King's lecture at the seventh annual International Gathering on Biodevastation. [13k] May 17, 2003

Exaggerated Department of Energy Economic Claims - Talking Points [17k] April 18, 2003

Talking points on the New Mexico Environment Department's Los Alamos National Laboratory Corrective Action Order [15k] Updated Again April, 2003

Weapons budget analysis [272k] Updated April 1, 2003

Talking Points on DOE Bioagents Labs [17k] January 29, 2003

Scoping Comments on the Modern Pit Facility Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. [41k] November 26, 2002

Bio Hazard Lab Talking Points [17k] August 27, 2002

A Short Primer on the Effects of Aging on Plutonium [12k] October 2002

A Summary of the Permit Modification Requests for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant [30k] October 2002

BioHazard Lab Talking Points [17k] August 27, 2002

NuclearWeapons: Big Business Not Paying Its Share! An Overview of Comparative Budgets in New Mexico [83k] August 2, 2002

Harry Truman on Nukes "You have got to understand that this isn't a military weapon. It's used to wipe out women and children and unarmed people, and not for military uses. So we have got to treat this differently from rifles and cannon and ordinary things like that."
-Pres. Truman 1948 (ref)

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