Atomic Histories & Nuclear Testing
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
12 November 2019 for immediate release
Calling the National Nuclear Security Administration’s brazen disregard for a federal court’s September 24, 2019, ruling an “abuse of the judicial process,” the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, Nuclear Watch New Mexico, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, along with four individual plaintiffs, returned to federal court in Knoxville, TN, today to file a rebuttal of the NNSA’s argument that the agency should be allowed to continue construction on a new nuclear weapons production plant “in the interim”—even while they are preparing the studies that will tell them whether the facilities can be made safe for workers and the public in the event of an earthquake.
“If it turns out that the old buildings can not be made safe enough to operate for 20-30 more years, their entire plan, and a couple billion taxpayer dollars, goes ‘poof!’” said OREPA coordinator Ralph Hutchison. “Because the current strategy is completely co-dependent. In order to meet their mission requirements, they need not only the new bomb plant, the Uranium Processing Facility, but also the old, unsafe buildings. Without the old buildings, it’s back to the drawing board.”
The latest filing by OREPA and its co-plaintiffs puts the matter back on US Chief Federal Judge Pamela Reeves’s desk.
NNSA Stockpile Stewardship and Management (SSM) Plans
- FY 2015 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan
- NWNM Analysis: FY 2015 SSMP
- Analysis Summary: FY 2015 SSMP
- NWNM Press Release on FY 2015 SSMP
FY 2014 and previous
- FY 2014 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan
- Note: FY 2013 SSMP has not been produced, though by law it must be.
- FY 2012 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan
- FY 2011 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan - Summary
- FY 2011 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan - Annex A
- FY 2011 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan - Annex D
OREPA, NukeWatch, and NRDC Lawsuit Filed Against DOE, NNSA / July 20, 2017
NukeWatch comments submitted to Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board / July 7, 2017
Labs Directors' 2010 Letters to House Armed Services Committee - January 2010
Republican Senators' Letter on Modernization and START Sent to President Obama - December 15, 2009
FY 2010-2014 Supplement To The Stockpile Stewardship Plan, NNSA - December 2009
Read the study, to which we contributed, that explored the possibility of consolidating the nuclear weapons complex:
Transforming the U.S. Strategic Posture and Weapons Complex For Transition to a Nuclear Weapons-Free World, Nuclear Weapons Complex Consolidation Policy Network*, April 2009
*The members of the Nuclear Weapons Complex Consolidation Policy Network include Nuclear Watch New Mexico along with national organizations: the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Project On Government Oversight; Tri-Valley CAREs, near the Lawrence Livermore National Lab; the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, near the Kansas City Plant; and JustPeace of Texas, near the Pantex Plant.
America’s Strategic Posture-The Final Report of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States - May 2009
Reducing The Cost Of The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex, Testimony of Richard Garwin - March 17, 2009
NNSA's FY 2008 Performance Evaluation Report for the Los Alamos National Security, LLC’s Management and Operation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Performance Period: October 1, 2007 Through September 30, 2008
Final Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Complex Transformation SPEIS, DOE/EIS-0236-S4) - October 2008
Facts Vs. Claims about LANL’s Role in Complex Transformation - March 13, 2008
Nuclear Weapons Complex Transformation SPEIS (as a single, searchable PDF)- January 2008
Radiological Effluents Released from U. S. Continental Tests 1961 through 1992 (DOE/NV_317), U.S. DOE - August 1996
Linking Legacies- Connecting the Cold War Nuclear Weapons Production Processes to Their Environmental Consequences, U.S. DOE - January 1997
Update Of The Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis And Development Of Seismic Design Ground Motions At The Los Alamos National Laboratory(PSHA) Prepared for Los Alamos National Laboratory by Wong, el al, URS Corporation Seismic Hazards Group - 25 May, 2007
JASON Plutonium Pit Lifetime Report - November 28, 2006
Declaration of J Carson Mark (Regarding DARHT) - October 20, 1995
JASON Review of Remanufacturing Nuclear Weapons Components -Senior nuclear weapons scientists say pit lifetimes are now discussed as 60 to 90 years.
All comments on these documents, unless otherwise stated, are made by Nuclear Watch NM
A White Paper: Pursuing a New Nuclear Weapons Policy for the 21st Century
by Paul Robinson, President and Director, Sandia National Laboratories
Managing the Nation's Nuclear Materials: The 2025 Vision for the Department of Energy Comments:
December 2000 Physics Today article Science-Based Stockpile Stewardship by Raymond Jeanloz
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.
Nuclear Watch Interactive Map – U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex