Friday, April 07, 2006

Nuke redevelopment plan a boon for Livermore Lab

By Ian Hoffman, STAFF WRITER

The Bush administration's presentation Wednesday of a blueprint for a new, redesigned nuclear arsenal and a smaller, more modern nuclear weapons complex caps more than a year of talks with federal lawmakers and the weapons sites they represent.

Along the way, a key California congresswoman dropped her objections to taking weapons plutonium out of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher also eased her skepticism about the design of new, age-resistant H-bombs called "reliable replacement warheads," or RRW, in the hope that they lead to a smaller nuclear arsenal and a global ban on nuclear testing.

"Like everything else, RRW on the face of it sounds very promising," Tauscher, D-Alamo, said Thursday.

In return, she said, "What I got was the thing I needed to have, which was an on-the-record agreement that we have a win-win."

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