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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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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!

Tuesday
Jun202017

Safety problems at a Los Alamos laboratory delay U.S. nuclear warhead testing and production

A facility that handles the cores of U.S. nuclear weapons has been mostly closed since 2013 over its inability to control worker safety risks

Part II of a five-part series (see Part I: "Near-Disaster")

Next Monday: PART THREE: What happens to nuclear weapons contractors when serious accidents occur?

Sunday
Jun182017

A near-disaster at a federal nuclear weapons laboratory takes a hidden toll on America’s arsenal

Repeated safety lapses hobble Los Alamos National Laboratory’s work on the cores of U.S. nuclear warheads

Friday
Apr282017

Democratic Rep. Peter Welch Condemns Trump's "Reckless" Threats Toward North Korea

As reported by Democracy Now!:

The Trump administration sent mixed signals on North Korea Thursday, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is open to direct negotiations with Kim Jong Un’s regime over his country’s nuclear program, while President Trump hinted at a possible nuclear war. Trump made the remark in an interview with the Reuters news service. Trump’s comment came as Secretary of State Tillerson told NPR he’s open to direct talks with North Korea if the country is serious about permanently abandoning its nuclear program. Meanwhile, President Trump told Reuters that South Korea should pay the $1 billion price tag for a THAAD missile defense system the U.S. recently began installing. Trump suggested the U.S. could cancel a free trade deal between the two countries if South Korea doesn’t accept the demand. "I think the president should be talking diplomacy," says our guest Peter Welch, U.S. Congressman from Vermont. He is Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, "not making a reckless threat of military action where it is going to be very damaging."

Watch the full video of the interview, as posted at the link above.

Thursday
Apr272017

Nuclear Free Future: Nuclear Sabre-Rattling - From Korea to Yucca Mountain

Margaret Harrington and co-host Ben Shulman-Reed, researcher with Fairewinds Energy Education, speak with Kevin Kamps, Nuclear Waste Watchdog with Beyond Nuclear, about nuclear escalation on "Nuclear Free Future," an ongoing series on Channel 17/Town Meeting Television in Burlington, Vermont. The discussion covers not only the nuclear escalation in the Korean Peninsula but the continuous nuclear weapons buildup, including nuclear waste, uranium mining, and nuclear weapons testing. Watch the episode here.