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Published:June 28th, 2011 12:29 EST

Wildfires Threaten Los Alamos Nuclear Lab

By Robert Paul Reyes

"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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