On Wednesday, January 24 Governor Huntsman is doing what the federal government failed to do:
give Utahns an opportunity to voice their concerns about the Divine Strake weapons test. The Jan. 10 meetings held by the federal agencies pushing for the test were a sham. If you're
concerned about the 700-ton blast that could disperse radioactive debris from
40 years of nuclear weapons testing into the atmosphere, please take this opportunity to speak
What can you do?
1) Attend the hearing Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Room 135, West Capitol
Building, Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City. You can sign up to offer comment (five minute limit
) when you arrive. Bring your students, bring your families, bring
your neighbors. It's important that we show our opposition.
2) Thank Governor Huntsman, (801) 538-1000, for scheduling these hearings and
ask him to keep doing everything in his power to stop Divine Strake from
3) Call Senator Hatch, (202) 224-5251 (D.C. office) or (801) 524-4380 (Salt Lake office) and ask
him to pull out all the stops to stop Divine Strake. He's called himself a "great stopper of things," but he has yet to call for the cancellation of the test.
What is Divine Strake?
The Divine Strake weapons test is designed,
according to Department of Defense budget
documents, to simulate a low-yield nuclear
weapon. The test will explode 700 tons
of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil and is predicted
to produce a 10,000-foot mushroom cloud
at the Nevada Test Site.
What is the danger?
The mushroom cloud from Divine Strake may stir up
radioactive fallout from the 928 above and below
ground nuclear tests conducted at the Nevada Test
Site from 1951 to 1992. This fallout could very
well then be carried
downwind, exposing communities and contaminating
ecosystems. While the federal government's
assessment last May declared that no radiation
would become airborne or escape the Nevada Test
the latest assessment states that "resuspension
of fallout could travel beyond the NTS boundary
where it might contribute to the
radiological dose of the public." This change of
tune does not help public trust, and with the
infrastructure in place to track a potential
fallout cloud, the risks are overwhelming.
Divine Strake may also be a precursor to renewed
nuclear weapons testing, which may, in fact, be
the greatest threat
to Utahns. The Department of Energy has recently
undertaken a massive effort to overhaul the
nuclear weapons stockpile and weapons-making
facilities. Divine Strake may be the first step
towards developing a new
generation of nuclear weapons, which would likely
be tested, exposing downwind communities once
For decades, the government lied to us about the
safety of nuclear weapons testing. Thousands were
sickened and died
from the resulting radioactive fallout.
Take action to make sure we are not led down the
same path of lies, government deception, and
cover-ups. No more mushroom
clouds, nuclear or not!
The public hearing held this coming week will
allow residents to publicly voice any concerns they
have about the test.
These comments will then be included with the
Governor's letter to DTRA opposing the test. Please
only public opportunity to voice your concerns
about this test.
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