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December 23, 2008

Slow down on nuclear plant proposal

Kevin Collison’s article on plans to build a new nuclear weapons parts plant in south Kansas City (12/18, Business, “Proposals for weapons plant in for review; Decision on which developer will build south Kansas City project is expected early next year”) raises important questions.

First, what’s the rush? President-elect Obama has pledged to work toward a world free of nuclear weapons. If he makes progress on that goal, we may not need a spanking new nuclear weapons plant.

Second, we need more information about the companies involved. What are their health, safety and environmental records? What is their financial condition? By refusing even to name the bidders, the General Services Administration is preventing the taxpayers from considering these questions before a winner is chosen. We need more transparency and accountability before this project goes forward.

William D. Hartung
Director, arms and security initiative, New America Foundation
New York

Comments

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Obama stated on several occasions that he would scale down mitlitary and not modernize weaponary which would be inclusive of nuclear weapons. Whether he said it just to appease the granola wussies or whether he means it, who knows. Now that he has been briefed and privy to classified data, him being as green and wet behind the ears as he is, probably was in awe and will not totally disband our arsenal or nuclear capabilities. As for knowing whom the contractors are, the DOE is very stringent in contractor selection.

solomon

For all of us old enough to have watched ST. Joe ch 2 wrestling in the 60s on Saturday night, fuzzy as it was.....


""Doing, the nuclear waste Polka"".

Marctnts

"President-elect Obama has pledged to work toward a world free of nuclear weapons. If he makes progress on that goal, we may not need a spanking new nuclear weapons plant."

Key words: WORK TOWARDS

Obama didn't promise a world free of nuclear weapons, and the reality is that they aren't going to disappear in the next ten years. Like it or not, and even though it only takes a couple of nukes to end it all, the deterrent has always been derived from "who has the most".

"By refusing even to name the bidders, the General Services Administration is preventing the taxpayers from considering these questions before a winner is chosen."

It seems odd that the Corps of Engineers (the arm responsible for completing GSA projects) won't name the bidders. In the Corps projects I've been involved with, the process has been VERY transparent.

 
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