* Hundreds of protesters from around the
world will join representatives of the Western Shoshone Nation at
the entrance to the Nevada Test Site Easter weekend. The
activists will be there to support the Western Shoshone National
Council's declaration that their traditional land known as Newe
Sogobia is a nuclear free zone. The Western Shoshone are
demanding a halt to the destruction of their lands, and an end to
the violations of their religious rights. The tribe says the
U.S. must honor the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and a treaty
with the Shoshone Nation, to shut the Test Site down.
Adjacent to the Nevada Test Site, is Yucca Mountain, the
nations first proposed high-level nuclear waste dump. Under the
1997 Nuclear Waste Policy Act, plans to ship over 45,000
containers of nuclear waste to Nevada for temporary storage will
affect millions of citizens in over 40 states. According to the
DOE estimates between 70 to 310 accidents are expected to occur
during this shipping campaign.
* In an attempt to convince India,
Pakistan, and North Korea to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban
Treaty, the Clinton Administration urged the Senate to ratify the
treaty by the fall of 1998. Senator Jesse Helms, R-NC, the
chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is primarily
responsible for the holdup through his refusal to hold hearings
on the issue.
While maintaining that the U.S. is secure in its ability to
simulate nuclear tests, Undersecretary of State John Holum said
that the Senate has "a historic opportunity" to make it harder
for other nations to develop weapons of mass destruction.
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