CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1997 |
Bringing tales of pain and hopes for compensation, neighbors of Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Lab crowded into a Simi Valley meeting room Thursday to learn about a class-action suit against the firm's parent company. A team of lawyers explained to the crowd how they hoped to prove that decades of rocket testing and nuclear research at the 2,668-acre complex had poisoned the property and caused cancer in people living in the nearby Simi and San Fernando valleys.
April 1, 2012 |
As calls mount, especially in Israel, for military action against Iran's nuclear program, the main counterargument has been seductively simple: Iran is rational. Indeed, our country's top military official, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, recently rejected the need for airstrikes because, as he put it, "We are of the opinion that the Iranian regime is a rational actor. " By this logic, we should not risk war to prevent Iran from going nuclear because even if Iran acquired nukes, it would never use them offensively, never share them with terrorists and never utilize them as a shield for regional adventurism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2011 |
Albert Ghiorso, a Berkeley engineer who played a crucial role in the discovery of 12 elements, more than any other scientist, died Dec. 26 at his home near the UC Berkeley campus. He was 95 and died of heart failure after a minor fall near his home. A talented engineer, Ghiorso designed many of the accelerators and detectors that made it possible to produce and identify the heavy, short-lived radioactive elements beyond uranium, the heaviest found in nature. FOR THE RECORD: Albert Ghiorso obituary: The obituary of engineer Albert Ghiorso in the Jan. 16 California section said that physicist Peter Armbruster co-discovered elements 107 to 112 while working at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1997 |
Neighbors of Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Laboratory sued the aerospace firm's parent company in federal court Monday, alleging that decades of nuclear and chemical research at the mountaintop complex poisoned their land and water and gave them cancer. Ten plaintiffs from Simi Valley and the San Fernando Valley filed a class-action suit against Boeing North American Inc., which in December bought the 2,668-acre research complex that its Rocketdyne division still runs.
September 7, 1990 |
State health inspectors seeking to monitor the U.S. Department of Energy's nuclear weapons and energy research operations in California will be given broad new access to laboratories and documents under an agreement signed Thursday by state and federal officials.
May 23, 1989 |
There has not been a nuclear plant ordered in the United States since 1973 and only a few have been ordered internationally, but Westinghouse Electric Corp., the industry leader, sees a revival coming. Richard J. Slember, vice president and general manager of Westinghouse's Energy Systems Business, which oversees the company's nuclear power business, said demand for electricity, simplified licensing procedures, new plant designs and improved waste management could lead to a demand for more plants by the mid-1990s.
May 21, 1987 |
The Senate, after a debate that cut sharply along state lines, voted Wednesday night to end the bidding war for the nation's single largest public works project, the $4.4-billion superconducting super-collider. By voice vote, the Senate approved an amendment by Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.), stating that the federal government should determine the location of the huge nuclear research project based on the quality of the site. "It ought to be on the best site in the country . . .
January 27, 1991 |
If U.S. military officials are correct, Iraq's nuclear facilities now lie in ruins, hopelessly damaged by a relentless barrage of American bombs and missiles. But that doesn't eliminate the danger that a nuclear-armed nation may come to dominate the Persian Gulf.
November 13, 2005 |
The head of Iran's nuclear agency ruled out a proposal to enrich uranium in Russia for his country's controversial nuclear program, saying Saturday that the process must be done in Iran. The United States and European negotiators reportedly were willing to accept enrichment in Russia to allow Iran to move ahead with its nuclear program while ensuring that it does not produce atomic bombs. Enrichment can produce material either for a bomb or for nuclear reactor fuel.
May 17, 2006 |
The European Union is considering offering Iran a light-water reactor as part of an incentive package to persuade the country to halt uranium enrichment, European diplomats said Tuesday. U.S. officials reacted coolly, and Iran's foreign minister said the country would not give up its right to enrichment at any price. Last year, Iran rejected a European offer of the possibility of a light-water reactor along with trade and financial incentives.