We need your help to oppose the plans of the DOE to build a new nuclear bomb factory in New Mexico or elsewhere.
The Bush Administration plans to develop the capability for building new "usable" nuclear weapons. An essential part is building a new nuclear bomb factory, which the Department of Energy (DOE) calls a "Modern Pit Facility." The new factory replaces the Rocky Flats Plant, which was shut down in 1989 because of major health and environmental problems caused by the manufacturing of plutonium "pits," which are the core of nuclear weapons.
Where will it be built?
Five sites are currently being considered and two are located in New Mexico. The five sites are: Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico; Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), Carlsbad, New Mexico; Pantex Plant, Amarillo, Texas; Savannah River Site, South Carolina; and the Nevada Test Site, Nevada. DOE plans to select the final location for the factory early in 2004.
What you can do:
You can make comments at the two public meetings in New Mexico which are scheduled for:
- Monday, June 30 at the DOE Carlsbad Office
4021 National Park Highway in Carlsbad from 6 to 10 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 1 at the Cities of Gold Hotel
Highway 84/285 in Pojoaque from 7 to 10 p.m.
It's important for people to attend and to make comments at both New Mexico locations. CCNS will be arranging transportation to the Pojoaque meeting. Please contact us at (505) 986-1973 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written comments will be accepted until August 5th. A sample comment letter is available below for your use. You can submit the comment letter by completing the required fields with your name and address and clicking "Submit", which will email it to James.Rose@nnsa.doe.gov.
For more information, check out the following websites:
Alliance for Nuclear Accountability at www.ananuclear.org
Citizen Action at www.radfreenm.org
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety's News Archive at www.nuclearactive.org
Nuclear Watch of New Mexico at www.nukewatch.org
Southwest Research and Information Center at www.sric.org