2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 24 Apr 2005 02:56:24 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Livermore Labs Site 300
Changes ahead for nuclear arms site

Modesto Bee (CA)
April 23, 2005 

WASHINGTON - Nightmare scenarios unfold in the rolling hills west of

Bombs tick away behind the fences of the area known as Site 300. 

Time can be short, the price of failure high. And with Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory scientists watching closely, Defense
Department bomb squad members simulate what a new report calls
"field-implemented weapon disarmament."

These are training drills, run with the help of the nation's nuclear
weapons experts. 

The ongoing and future "emergency response exercises" aren't the only
developments in store for Site 300. The 7,000-acre high-explosives test
site off Corral Hollow Road, south of the Altamont Pass, is bound for a
face-lift even as proposed housing developments press closer. 

Usually, secrecy and discretion cloak Site 300 and Lawrence Livermore,
home to some of the nation's most renowned nuclear weapons designers.
Approximately 2,100 Northern San Joaquin Valley residents draw their
paychecks at the lab, managed by the University of California. 

But in a massive, five-volume environmental study being formally
released next week, the Energy Department spells out some of the nuts
and bolts of Site 300 and the larger Lawrence Livermore facility. 


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918
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