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Watchdogs dispute plutonium shipment proposal

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NNSA > Claims no such proposal exists

By John Severance

Nuclear watchdog groups met in Livermore, Calif., this week to discuss a federal proposal they say would allow the transport weapons-grade plutonium from Los Alamos to California.

Nuclear Watch New Mexico’s Jay Coghlan, who was on the panel, said he and Tri-Valley CAREs Executive Director Marylia Kelley were in Washington D.C. to discuss the plan with Don Cook, the head of NNSA Defense Programs.

“We stand behind the fact this plan indeed exists, which NNSA now seems to be backpedaling from,” Coghlan said.
Kelley told the San Jose Mercury News that although no plan has been formalized, the idea has been discussed by U.S. Department of Energy officials and in documents from the National Nuclear Security Administration.

“There’s no question that this is the proposal,” Kelly told the newspaper. “What would be the fair thing to say is that the final decision hasn’t been made.”

NNSA spokesman Joshua McConaha said such a plan does not exist for now.


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