At a time when the United States is trying to convince Iran and North Korea to abandon their nuclear weapons program, we should not be expanding our own.
But building more nuclear bombs is exactly what the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) plans to do!
The NNSA has proposed an expensive, dangerous, and unnecessary overhaul of the current nuclear complex, called Complex 2030. This overhaul would give the U.S. the ability to produce up to 125 nuclear weapons per year - a level comparable to Cold War levels - and would cost an exorbitant $150 billion. Contrary to its stated aim of downsizing the nuclear weapons infrastructure, the plan is a Trojan horse that would give the U.S. the ability to produce nuclear bombs indefinitely.
The U.S. government is considering comments from the public, only up until January 17, 2007. Oppose the plan to build more nuclear bombs. Tell the nuclear decision makers what you think!
Dear Mr. Theodore A. Wyka, NNSA
I am writing to express my opposition to the proposed Complex 2030 plan to modernize the nuclear weapons complex. The National Nuclear Security Administration's proposal is expensive, dangerous and unnecessary. Worse, it flies in the face of our commitments to international law and the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), and sends precisely the wrong message to countries like Iran and North Korea.
Although I fully endorse the proposal's stated aim of downsizing the nuclear weapons infrastructure, Complex 2030 involves plans to build new facilities that would give the U.S. the ability to produce up to 125 new nuclear weapons per year and retain the ability to build nuclear bombs indefinitely. Article VI of the NPT obligates the U.S., one of the chief architects of the treaty, to work to reduce and ultimately eliminate our nuclear arsenal. At a time when we are trying to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons programs, Iran to halt uranium enrichment, and other countries to refrain from pursuing nuclear weapons, we must not ourselves be engaged in building new and "better" nuclear bombs.
Complex 2030 is unnecessary. One of its original purposes was to address concerns about the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, yet this month, a new study by the nuclear weapons labs was made public that concluded that nuclear warheads will last at least 100 years. This study, and many others, obviates any justification for building a new generation of nuclear weapons - including the Reliable Replacement Warhead - or the facilities to produce them.
Complex 2030 is too expensive. The projected cost of the project is currently $150 billion - an already exorbitant amount that is sure to increase as plans go forward.
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For reasons of cost, need, international law and, above all, our country's security, I respectfully ask that the Department of Energy abandon its plans for this dangerous program.
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