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Swalwell co-chairs inaugural meeting of Critical Materials Caucus

Original post made on Oct 7, 2020

Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore) co-chaired the inaugural gathering of the new Critical Materials Caucus last week, featuring a discussion on a long-term and reliable domestic supply of energy critical materials.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, October 4, 2020, 4:19 PM

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Posted by Rich Buckley
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 7, 2020 at 10:10 am

Rich Buckley is a registered user.

August 28, 2020
SWEIS Comments
Ms. Fana Gebeyehu-Houston, NEPA Document Manager
NNSA Livermore Field Office
7000 East Avenue, L-293
Livermore, CA 94550-9234

It's time to relocate the dirty work associated with the handling of energetic materials and nuclear stockpile maintenance, elsewhere.

Today we face a new reality of decades of population growth right to the borders of LLNL. We are now a sea of people all the way to the SF Bay. This population density renders some of LLNL's atomic stockpile maintenance, handling of weapons, and onsite energetic materials seem ludicrous to the extreme in mixing population and the dirty work needed for National Defense. An accident does not have to release a Fukashima level of radiation to destroy a huge swath of humanity physically and mentally. Relocate the dirty work elsewhere.


In 1943, we were a community of about 3800+- population. We were a tiny rural town surrounded by open, productive, ag lands. There was no atomic bomb. The Navy had two facilities, an auxiliary airbase for pilot training 3.4 miles east of Livermore. (Which is now LLNL, see portrayal of old town city limits) and a second lesser remembered facility, back off the Mines Road, south of town, about an hour's drive, the Navy had a Section or so of land used for dive-bomb training. It was the depth of allied air power superiority and ground forces that won the war, not the Bomb.

Soon after the development of the atomic bomb however, scientists at UC Berkeley wanted to retain and build off the future of nuclear research. There were no expectations or plans to handle nuclear weapons on site. Even the level of fissionable materials on site was nil.

LLNL grew into a runaway, nonstop dog and pony show between the prestigious influence and aura of LLNL founders and cold war politics run by a military industrial complex. The cold war is over. Move the dirty work portion of LLNL stockpile maintenance into an unpopulated area.

Mishaps occur, people commit suicide even in critical material handling jobs. Tell us about the young man who pressed two parts of plutonium together in the critical materials handling department, created a blue flash, and was dead within minutes as his body melted away from the destroyed bone structure. (as reported by his recently deceased lab worker) Fortunately he was humble and did not have vengeance in his heart, God rest his soul, or LLNL would have lost its license on that day. Tell us about that. Or tell us about some of these other mishaps in the attached and inserted photo.

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