Forreaders within driving distance of Oak Ridge, I ask you to get out to one of two public meetings and, in your own words, tellthem we don't want more nuclear bombs--we have thousands already--especially at a time when we're trying to convince Iran and others not to build them.
In case you missed it--and I've seen little about this in the media--the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will build a new, $3.5 billion bomb plant in Oak Ridge unless we stop them. NNSA published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register several years ago to build such a plant, and Congress has budgeted startup funds.
Although the program is being sold as a way of shrinking the nuclear footprint in this country--consolidating and streamlining much of the nuclear weapons stockpile--the plant would create scores of new nuclear weapons per year, ensuring their viability into the 22nd century! by concocting new thermonuclear devices from a variety of materials. Further, it would have the capacity to create new kinds ofnukes in keeping with the pea-brained visions of Cheney/Bush.
In order to move forward, the NNSA is required by law totake comments from the public as they prepare their final Evironmental Impact Statement.The first hearing is 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 17) at the New Hope Center in Oak Ridge, TN, with a repeat performance 10 to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 18.
Other Ways To Comment:
As mentioned above, comments from across the country can also be submitted on-line at www.y12sweis.com, by fax to 865-483-2012, or in writing to: Pam Gorman, Y12 SWEIS Document Manager, 800 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite A-500, Oak Ridge, TN, 37830.
To maximize the impact of your comments, send them also to:
President Barack Obama