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January 13, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Facing a lawsuit by environmentalists, Secretary of Energy James D. Watkins announced his department will conduct major environmental studies of plans to rebuild and clean up 17 nuclear weapons plants in 12 states. Watkins also announced he was sending teams of environmental specialists to five weapons plants or laboratories to study their compliance with federal and state environmental laws as well as health and safety rules.
February 19, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lev Feoktistov, a leading Soviet nuclear weapons designer who later joined a wave of scientists urging nuclear disarmament, died Thursday--his 74th birthday--in Moscow of an apparent heart attack, Russian news agencies reported. He was a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a department chairman at the academy's Lebedev Physics Institute.
March 3, 1998
Charles S. Godfrey, 79, a physicist who worked on the early development of nuclear weapons. Born in San Francisco, Godfrey was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and UC Berkeley, where he later worked with the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. He first designed small, tactical nuclear weapons that were tested at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific Ocean in the 1950s.
A top Ukrainian official denied Thursday that President Leonid Kravchuk had reversed his decision to halt the removal of tactical nuclear weapons from Ukraine to Russia. Kravchuk announced last week that his government would not send any more tactical nuclear weapons to Russia because Russia was not dismantling them. But news reports from Moscow on Wednesday said Kravchuk had backed down after speaking on the telephone with Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin.
July 21, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Firefighters have contained a wind-blown wildfire that grew to more than 10,000 acres early Wednesday, but which burned past a nuclear weapons laboratory and 500 homes without causing major damage, authorities said. The fire began about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and quickly spread through rolling grasslands in the windy Altamont Pass, said Chopper Snyder, a California Department of Forestry dispatcher. The blaze left the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory untouched after an initial scare, he said.
August 31, 1988 | Associated Press
A nuclear weapons test was conducted at the Nevada Test Site Tuesday, 13 days after Soviet scientists monitored a test at the same site in a historic breakthrough for the atomic age. Two Soviet scientists were still on the site during Tuesday's blast but were not involved in monitoring the test. U.S. scientists are currently in the Soviet Union and will monitor a Russian test there Sept. 14.
January 16, 1986 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, Times Staff Writer
The Navy recorded 630 safety incidents related to nuclear weapons aboard ships and aircraft and at on-shore sites from 1965 through 1985, but none resulted in the release of radiation, a Navy spokesman said Wednesday. The spokesman, Cmdr. Kendell Pease, said that of the 630 incidents, 266 involved nuclear weapons and the rest were related to auxiliary systems. Of the nuclear weapons incidents, he added: "None . . .
April 27, 1985 | United Press International
The Swedish government Friday denied it has joined the ranks of nuclear powers and began an investigation into charges the military defied Parliament by secretly conducting nuclear weapons research. Reports of Sweden being in possession of nuclear weapons are "utterly false," Defense Minister Anders Thunborg said in a statement. Thunborg added, "The Swedish government and the Swedish Parliament have taken an absolutely firm stand not to produce nuclear arms."
December 19, 2005
Re "Bombs, away," editorial, Dec. 16 If it were not such a serious matter, I would have laughed at The Times' editorial about Mohamed ElBaradei and nuclear proliferation. The greatest threat to the world today could not be more obvious and is clear to anyone with half a brain -- it is Iran's drive to develop nuclear weapons and the failure of the left-leaning world to take Iran seriously. Iran's drive to develop nuclear weapons has nothing to do with poverty, infectious diseases, environmental degradation or any of the other nonsense that The Times rattles on about.
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