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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is currently engaged in a process, called
"Complex Transformation," which, if implemented, will result in new infrastructure and new
capabilities to make new nuclear weapons. The process began in late 2006, with a series of
meetings on what was then called "Complex 2030." Though the plan purports to provide a
"smaller, safer, more secure and less expensive nuclear weapons complex," it's really about the
capacity to produce new nuclear weapons.
After these meetings, the DOE received more than 33,000 comments, many saying that
instead of planning new weapons, the U.S. should move toward compliance with the
nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and provide leadership toward a nuclear weapons-free
In a related move, me U.S. Congress refused to provide funding in the current budget for
a centerpiece of the new program, the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW). However,
it's back in the proposed budget for 2009.
The new Draft Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), the
basis for the current hearings and comment period, provides a series of alternatives, but
none of them address the fundamental issues of whether we should continue to maintain
and revitalize the nuclear weapons program.
For Pantex, which has been disassembling nuclear weapons and doing upgrades and maintenance for those remaining in the arsenal, it could mean a return to assembling totally new, more "usable" nukes. It also provides for the consolidation of plutonium storage at Pantex, a plan the Peace Farm does support. Such consolidation, however, by no means justifies new production.
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's new action alert for Complex 2030:
Watch the Peace Farm talk about Complex
2030 on Amarillo's CBS Ch.10 News:
Theodore A.Wyka, Complex 2030 SEIS Document Manager
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