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Nuclear Weapons

Beyond Nuclear advocates for the elimination of all nuclear weapons and argues that removing them can only make us safer, not more vulnerable. The expansion of commercial nuclear power across the globe only increases the chance that more nuclear weapons will be built and is counterproductive to disarmament.

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Entries by admin (233)

Tuesday
Jul042017

Trump warns China U.S. could go it along on pressuring North Korea after apparent ICBM test launch

As reported by the New York Times, Donald J. Trump warned Chinese President Xi that the U.S. could strike out alone in pressuring North Korea, after yesterday's missile launch that many analysts fear was a successful test of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), capable of reaching Alaska.

The U.S., China, and North Korea each have nuclear weapons arsenals (although the U.S.'s dwarfs the other two, especially North Korea's), and itself regularly has tested ICBMs for decades (as from Vandenberg Air Force Base in CA, to the Marshall Islands).

Wednesday
Jun282017

Repeated radiation warnings go unheeded at sensitive Idaho nuclear plant

The inhalation of plutonium by 16 workers is preceded and followed by other contamination incidents but the private contractor in charge suffers only a light penalty

 

Tuesday
Jun272017

More than 30 nuclear experts inhale uranium after radiation alarms at a weapons site are switched off

Most were not told about it until months later, and other mishaps at the Nevada nuclear test site followed

 

Reported by Patrick Malone, Peter Cary, R. Jeffrey Smith of the Center for Public Integrity


Part Four of a Five Part Series


See: Part One; Part Two; Part Three

Monday
Jun262017

Light penalties and lax oversight encourage weak safety culture at nuclear weapons labs

Explosions, fires, and radioactive exposures are among the workplace hazards that fail to make a serious dent in private contractor profits

 

Reported by Peter Cary, Patrick Malone, R. Jeffrey Smith of the Center for Public Integrity

Part Three of a Five Part Series

See: Part One; Part Two

Thursday
Jun222017

Coalition urges House Armed Services Committee to end MOX funding

Beyond Nuclear joined with a coalition of a dozen environmental, non-proliferation, and arms control groups, urging the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee to end, once and for all, funding for the highly controversial Mixed Oxide (MOX, plutonium-uranium) Fuel Fabrication Facility at the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

See a copy of the letter, here.

The MOX FFF is now vying to become one of the biggest boondoggles in U.S. history. It is an order of magnitude over budget (we're talking the waste of billions of dollars of taxpayer money already, but this could grow to tens of billions of dollars!), and a few decades behind schedule! Worst of all, it actually increases nuclear weapons proliferation risks, rather than decreasing them!