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Los Angeles Student Leaders Call for UC to Get Out of the Nuclear Weapons Business

More information:

A statement by a California coalition asking the UC regents to demilitarize UC

The official UC/DOE contracts for LANL, LLNL and LBNL

The Society of Professional Scientists and Engineers

UC Nuclear Free, a project of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

A brief history of the University of California's involvement with the Department of Energy weapons facilities

For nearly 60 years, the University of California (UC) has managed Department of Energy (DOE) weapons laboratories including Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico and and Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories in California.

As part of their duties to DOE, UC is expected to oversee research, design, testing and development of the United States nuclear arsenal. In fact, all weapons in the U.S. nuclear arsenal were developed by the UC.

UC and DOE have a contract in which DOE "discharges its responsibilities" for the laboratories to UC. These responsibilities include:

  • safeguarding all sensitive materials relating to the design and production of nuclear weapons, as well as protecting DOE property and information from espionage and theft.

  • performing research and development in support of national defense

  • complying with all DOE directives.

Recent allegations of mismanagement by UC have led to a Congressional investigation of UC activities at the national laboratories. Reports of theft and misappropriation of funds at LANL have raised the question of the appropriateness of UC's role in the DOE complex.