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Saturday, March 15, 2008  
Public input sought on lab overhaul

By: Betsy Mason
Published In: Contra Costa Times

The Department of Energy's plan to revamp nuclear weapons work at eight sites across the country including Lawrence Livermore Laboratory will be open for public comment at three hearings this week.

Marylia Kelley of the citizens group Tri-Valley CAREs in Livermore is pleased that the nuclear weapons complex will be smaller, but she is opposed to the Department of Energy's plan to update the stockpile with a new "reliable replacement warhead." Congress cut the funding for the warhead for 2008, but the 2009 budget request includes $40 million

for the program.

"The DOE's 'Complex Transformation' plan offers the nation more nuclear weapons development, testing and production under the guise of consolidation," she said.

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