June 28th, 2011 12:29 EST
Wildfires Threaten Los Alamos Nuclear Lab
"One of the top nuclear weapons research facilities in the US will remain closed until Thursday as fire fighters battle a wildfire raging at its boundary.
Only "essential-duties" staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory will be permitted on site on Wednesday.
Officials at the New Mexico facility have said they detected `no off-site releases of contamination`."
It appears that Los Alamos nuclear lab dodged a bullet this time, but this fire should serve as a wake-up call that we are just as vulnerable as Japan to a nuclear disaster at a power plant.
Like Japan we have several nuclear power plants on earthquake fault zones, but our nuclear plants are bigger targets for terrorists. I`m not a rocket scientist or a nuclear physicist, but I don`t think our ageing nuclear plants could survive a direct hit by a passenger plane.
"No facilities face immediate threat, and all nuclear and hazardous materials are accounted for and protected," a spokesperson said.
The government has lied to us too many times for us to simply accept their reassurances. Now would be a good time for those who live nearby the nuclear lab to take a Hawaii vacation.
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