|Date:||Mon, 7 Feb 2000 10:08:47 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] NIF and New Mexico|
Hi peace and enviro folks: Here is the latest in the saga of the National Ignition Facility. In this episode, a New Mexico politician weighs in ... NIF and New Mexico by Marylia Kelley from Tri-Valley CAREs February 2000 newsletter, Citizen's Watch One of New Mexico's most powerful political leaders has added his voice to the growing crescendo of criticism directed at the National Ignition Facility, DOE's problem-plagued megalaser. Speaker of the House, Raymond G. Sanchez, sent a January 20th letter to Energy Secretary Bill Richardson stating: "NIF has experienced setback after setback technologically, financially and managerially. Concern over NIF has grown exponentially inside and outside the scientific community; it seems to me as a political leader and a citizen that it is incumbent on us to face this issue squarely..." Sanchez also sits on the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board (SEAB). Last month, the SEAB sent Richardson an interim report on NIF that, while containing some good information, pulled its punches completely when it came to making its recommendations, focusing mostly on NIF's poor management and planning and failing to suggest a reconsideration or even a slowdown of the project based on the severity of its technical problems. Echoing his pep talk given during a short visit to Livermore Lab in December, Richardson recently told a group at Sandia in NM that he has confidence in NIF. Sanchez holds a different view. "I have also had the opportunity to visit with a number of top scientists ...both within and without the National Laboratory system, some of whom are directly involved with NIF at top levels, who have expressed conclusions ...that NIF in its current incarnation has little or no chance of achieving fusion ignition," Sanchez states in his letter. In an interview with the Albuquerque Tribune, Sanchez said he recently met with Los Alamos and Sandia scientists "in sort of a cloak and dagger late night meeting" as the staffers feared for their jobs. Further, Sanchez said he had received a negative assessment of NIF from at least 7 "top scientists" at the New Mexico weapons labs who told him, "NIF is in serious trouble and won't be able to do what we were promised it would do." Marylia Kelley Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) 2582 Old First Street Livermore, CA USA 94550 <http://www.igc.org/tvc/> - is our web site, please visit us there! (925) 443-7148 - is our phone (925) 443-0177 - is our fax Working for peace, justice and a healthy environment since 1983, Tri-Valley CAREs has been a member of the nation-wide Alliance for Nuclear Accountability in the U.S. since 1989, and is a co-founding member of the international Abolition 2000 network for the elimination of nuclear weapons. You can find archived listserve messages on the CPEO website at http://www.cpeo.org/lists/index.html. If this email has been forwarded to you and you'd like to subscribe, please send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org _______________________________________________________ Follow the U.S. presidential race on our Politics list! http://www.topica.com/lists/politics
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