BREAKING THE NUCLEAR CHAIN
NUCLEAR ABOLITION SUMMIT
University of Nevada at Las Vegas, April 1-4, 1996
c/o Citizen Alert 4633 Paradise Rd. Suite B, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: (702) 796-3835 * Fax: (702)796-4886
No Mining! No Testing! No Production! No Ddumping! No Nukes!
PROTESTERS OPEN NUCLEAR ABOLITION SUMMIT WITH
"NUCLEAR FOOLS DAY" MARCH ALONG VEGAS STRIP
CALL FOR HALT TO NUCLEAR WASTE SHIPMENTS AND
CANCELLATION OF DOE'S "SUBCRITICAL TESTS"
Las Vegas (NV) -- Anti-nuclear activists and organizers from across the United States and abroad
launched the week long Nuclear Abolition Summit yesterday with a "Nuclear Fools Day" parade through Las
Vegas and a demonstration at the Department of Energy's Nevada Operations Office. Donning radiation
suits, masks, and hauling foaming mock radioactive waste barrels, activists will protest the dangerous
transport of nuclear waste through Las Vegas and the "subcritical" nuclear tests scheduled to begin at the
Nevada Test Site this June.
Department of Energy (DOE) officials say they have transported over 960 shipments of nuclear waste
through Las Vegas to Area 5 of the Nevada Test Site. Further, the DOE plans roughly 15,000 waste
shipments over the next 30 years, in addition to waste shipments slated for the proposed high-level waste
dump at Yucca Mountain.
"Millions of people come to Vegas every year to gamble with their money, but the Department of Energy
is out here gambling with our lives," said Reinard Knutsen, local nuclear Abolition Summit organizer. "An
accident with one of these shipments would shut down this town from the Luxor to the Golden Nugget. It
would be a disaster for Nevada's economy as well as its environment."
The Summit will bring together international antinuclear activistsfocusing on all phases of the nuclear
chain, from uranium minimg to the dimping of nuclear waste. Subcritical experiments rank among the top of
the activists' concerns because the test could undermine international efforts to wrap up negotions on a
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty by June 30. The DOE, which proposed the experiments, says they are
needed to assess the effects of age on the plutonium in U.S. nuclear weapons and to maintain a state of
readiness at the test site. But Summit organizers cautioned that the timing of the experiments and the
impression they create will cause problems at the Geneva-based test ban talks.
"At the very moment our negotiators will be trying to seal the deal on a test ban in Geneva, our
weaponeers will be honing their nuclear expertise at our test site in Nevada. The timing couldn't be worse,"
said Bruce Hall, Greenpeace's Nuclear Disarmament Campaigner. "These subcritical experiments, along
with sizable investments in new nuclear weapons research facilities, raise the concern that the U.S.
weapons labs are trying to evade the disarmament goals of this treaty."
INITIAL ENDORSING ORGANIZATIONS:
Alliance of Atomic Veterans
American Friends Service Committee
BAN Waste Coalition
Bay Area Action
Center for Energy Research
Economist Allied for Arms Reduction
Grandmothers for Peace (Northland Chapter)
Hawaii Coalition Against Nuclear Testing
Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Community
Idaho Citizens Action Network
Manhattan Project II
National Environmental Coalition of Native Americans
Peace Action Education Fund
Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma
San Francisco Area Physicians for Social Responsibility
Seeds of Peace
Southeast Center for Ecological Awareness
Students and Teachers Against Nuclear Dumping
War Resisters League
Western Shoshone National Council
Western States Legal Foundation
Wetlands Preserve Environmental Center
Women's International League of Peace and Freedom
Women Strike for Peace
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