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New Nuclear Arsenal

Designer Nuclear Missiles
BUSHINGTON, D.C.(DOMINION OF CHENEY)-- White
House officials, along with other experts,
are saying that America's nuclear arsenal is
old and obselete. Scientists have been called
upon to create a new generation of atomic weapons
that are more reliable, sturdier, and which will
have a longer life expectancy.

According to federal officials, this program will
shrink the nuclear arsenal and cut down the high
cost of maintenance.
The scientists will be working at three nuclear
weapons facilities -- Los Alamos, Livermore, and
Sandia, with a budget of only nine million dollars.
Bomb experts working at these securely guarded,
high-tech facilities are now poring over top-
secret weapons data looking for ideas on how to
create their new designer nuclear missiles.

The start-up group will be about 100 scientists,
but the cadre is expected to grow in the next
ten years, and which will result in a number of
prototype warheads, and, according to federal
officials, will be a change in weapons design.

The bomb makers have for decades, attempted to
incorporate technologies and creativity to
come up with new, innovative methods to create
new state-of-the-art streamlined nuclear weapons,
which resulted in the warheads being lighter in
weight, more powerful, and small enough to fit
twelve of them on top of a small missile.

For more info on story:
 http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/07/science/07bomb.html...

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where does all the nuke waste go? 07.Feb.2005 23:18

luna moth

among other places, Nevada/Newe Sogobia is one of the unfortunate places chosen by the Bush/Cheney cabal to dump the nuclear waste, a site called Yucca Mountain and Skull Valley..

Both of these sites are on Western Shoshone and Paiute land that was taken from the people by the US military against the wishes of the people..

From the Shundahai Network;



Decision on Goshute waste plan is likely in February
A few weeks late: The safety board is expected to finish work within 60 days
By Patty Henetz
The Salt Lake Tribune

A federal decision on whether to allow a consortium of private utilities to build an interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel on the Skull Valley Goshute reservation is likely to come in February, a few weeks later than expected.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's licensing panel, the Atomic Safety Licensing Board, last week determined that unless Utah and Private Fuel Storage (PFS) wish to file further motions, the information-gathering phase of the license procedures has ended.
The Atomic Safety Licensing Board is made up of independent judges who make legal decisions and present findings to NRC regulators. The board is expected to finish its work within 60 days. The three NRC commissioners then will decide whether to order regulators to grant PFS its license, PFS attorney Jay Silberg said Wednesday.
Denise Chancellor, an assistant Utah attorney general, said Tuesday that the state has no further plans to file motions before the board. Nor does PFS, Silberg said.
The Atomic Safety Licensing Board is considering two final matters.
One is an appeal of its earlier ruling that the possibility of an F-16 crash on the PFS storage casks presents an unacceptable risk. In the other, the state claims PFS and nuclear regulators did not properly consider federal Energy Department requirements for acceptance of spent nuclear fuel before issuing a final environmental impact study.
The second matter stems from an Energy Department official's disclosure in October that the type of welded canisters PFS would use to store the spent fuel wouldn't meet contract requirements for permanent storage at Yucca Mountain, Nev. The state claims that undermines PFS assurances that its storage facility is only temporary.
Before that contention was filed last month, state and PFS officials expected the licensing panel to issue its decision by Jan. 21. Chancellor said she now expects the decision to be delayed as much as a month.
PFS, a limited liability consortium of eight utilities, is seeking a 20-year license, renewable for another 20 years, to store 44,000 tons of nuclear waste in 4,000 concrete and steel canisters that would sit on open-air concrete pads covering about 100 acres 45 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. If it is licensed, PFS could begin accepting shipments of spent fuel rods by 2007.
Federal law required a permanent nuclear waste repository to open by 1998. But multiple problems with the Yucca Mountain project, including lawsuits, intractable opposition from the state of Nevada and a lack of funding, has made the new 2010 opening deadline unlikely.
PFS officials say nuclear plants are running out of on-site storage for the spent fuel and need someplace to store the waste until Yucca opens.
Utah has no nuclear power plants.