|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||28 Jun 2007 04:48:33 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] "Divine Strake" explosion debated in court|
Experts: Divine Strake 'mushroom cloud' could have sickened many By KEN RITTER Associated Press/Las Vegas Sun (NV) June 27, 2007LAS VEGAS (AP) - A non-nuclear explosive test planned by the government could have spread lethal radioactive particles across the Nevada desert and beyond had it not been canceled, experts testified Wednesday.
"A new generation of 'downwinders' would have been created, with cancers and birth defects," said Robert Hager, a Reno lawyer who summoned witnesses to try to drive a stake through any future plans for the "Divine Strake" test at the Nevada Test Site 85 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
The explosion of a 700-ton fuel oil and fertilizer bomb was proposed to gather data about penetrating underground bunkers that produce and store weapons of mass destruction. But the prospect of a mushroom cloud in the desert prompted a lawsuit and intense opposition in Utah and Nevada, where critics feared it would scatter decades-old radioactive material from previous Cold War-era tests.
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency canceled the test in February. ... For the entire article, see http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nevada/2007/jun/27/062710103.html -- 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@list.cpeo.org http://www.cpeo.org/mailman/listinfo/military
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