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Action Alert - Nuclear weapons tests
Peace Movement AotearoaPO Box 9314, Wellington. Tel (04) 382 8129, fax (04) 382 8173, firstname.lastname@example.org
Issued 24 September 1998
we have received word this morning that the US nuclear weapons test 'Bagpipe' has been rescheduled to SATURDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER. Details of who you can protest to in anticipation of the test are below, after the announcement message from the Shundahai Network. Last item in this message is the original DOE press release as the test was initially re-scheduled for today.
We will let you know on Monday if it was detonated over the weekend, for post-detonation protest !
DOE RESCHEDULES SUBCRITICAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS TEST "BAGPIPE"
to Saturday, September 26, 1998.
WEAPONS GRADE PLUTONIUM TO BE EXPLODED ON SACRED WESTERN SHOSHONE LAND!
NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION PLANNED!
Continued nuclear weapons design, testing and production under costly Stockpile Stewardship and Management Program threaten our air, water and land with radioactive contamination from coast to coast!
Today, the DOE, announced the new schedule for problem filled subcritical nuclear weapons test "Bagpipe" to be exploded on Saturday, September 26, 1998.
They did not give any times but these tests generally take place from 9 - 11 am.
We encourage you all to hold local vigils and demonstrations on Saturday in solidarity with those hear in Nevada who will be seeking to stop these tests through non violent direct action.
****** WHAT YOU CAN DO *******
DOE TO CONDUCT FOURTH SUBCRITICAL EXPERIMENT
SCIENTIFIC DATA TO HELP ENSURE THE SAFETY AND RELIABILITY OF THE STOCKPILE WITHOUT NUCLEAR TESTING
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will conduct its fourth subcritical experiment in Nevada on Sept 24. Subcritical experiments produce essential scientific data and technical information on the effects of aging on nuclear weapons materials. The experiments are called "subcritical" because no critical mass is formed, no self sustaining nuclear chain reaction can occur and therefore no nuclear explosion can result. The experiments support DOE's stockpile Stewardship Program to maintain the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing and are fully consistent with the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
Subcritical experiments help ensure the safety and reliability of the stockpile without nuclear testing." said Energy Secretary Bill Richardson. "These experiments are a key part of our scientific program to provide new tools and data that assess age related complications and maintain the reliability and safety of the nation's nuclear arsenal."
The primary objective of this experiment will be to obtain important physics information on plutonium samples of varying ages. Using techniques developed by the Energy Department's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the experiment will involve chemical high explosives to generate high pressures that are applied to weapons materials - in particular, plutonium. The experiment will involve the use of 7.2 ounces of chemical high explosives and about 7.2 ounces of plutonium distributed over four separate assemblies.
The experiment will be conducted at the Nevada Test Site's U1a Complex. 85 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The U1a complex is at the base of a vertical shaft, approximately 960 feet beneath the surface, designed to contain these experiments in a safe and secure environment