August 5, 1993 |
The Pentagon has canceled the last underground nuclear test on the drawing board after nearly 1,000 U.S. tests dating back to the birth of the nuclear age half a century ago, an official said Wednesday. George Ullrich, deputy director of the Defense Nuclear Agency, which was in charge of the final test, said his agency decided to cancel it after President Clinton's decision last month to extend a U.S. nuclear test ban until at least September, 1994.
October 25, 1996 |
Hoping to close the books on a dark episode in U.S. history, federal negotiators are nearing a financial settlement with families of 12 people who were unwitting subjects of radiation experiments during the earliest days of the Atomic Age. Relatives of the victims would get a combined total of $4.8 million a draft agreement with the Department of Energy.
July 7, 1993 |
British protesters opposed to nuclear weapons tests broke into the grounds of Buckingham Palace in a dramatic appeal on behalf of American Indians who live near the U.S. underground test site in Nevada. Police said 15 women and two men were arrested after the morning incursion by the Women's Nuclear Test Ban Network. A statement from the group said that it welcomes President Clinton's extension of a nuclear testing moratorium but wants a permanent ban.
October 8, 1999 |
With the Senate set to begin a long-awaited debate on the comprehensive nuclear test-ban treaty today, widespread predictions that the pact is headed for defeat have focused attention on a key question: Would that set off a new global arms race? Treaty proponents, led by the White House, have warned that a defeat could quickly create a Wild West atmosphere worldwide--with nukes instead of six-shooters.
July 24, 1996 |
U.S. Navy warships arrived in 1946 bearing heartbreaking orders for 6-year-old Tomaki Juda and the other 166 islanders on Bikini Atoll: They were going to have to live somewhere else. America had just designated their lush tropical paradise as ground zero for 23 atomic bomb blasts, including a devastating shot that would send a column of radioactive water a mile high on July 25, 1946.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1986
Your editorial advocates a negotiated test ban treaty. While I agree that a treaty is better than a moratorium, a moratorium is certainly better than a continuation of nuclear tests. The United States conducted 13 or more tests since the Russians stopped their testing. Any imaginable Russian advantage must have been matched by this series of tests--if there was a Russian advantage, which is highly doubtful, since we still maintain an edge in the sophistication of our weapons. This is a rare moment of opportunity.