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Tuesday, March 18, 2008  
America's nuclear program gets a makeover

By: Laura Anthony
Published In: ABC 7

LIVERMORE, CA (KGO) -- This week, you'll have the chance to tell the Department of Energy what you think about a plan to re-make the nation's nuclear weapons facilities.

But those who oppose nuclear weapons of any kind say "complex transformation" is just another term for something else.

Marylia Kelley is executive director of "Tri-Valley Cares," the citizens' watchdog group that's full-time mission is to keep a close eye on Lawrence Livermore.

"In fact, complex transformation, or "bombplex" will revitalize the infrastructure of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex in order to move forward with militarily modified nuclear weapons and with new nuclear weapons," said Marylia Kelly from Tri-Valley Cares.

Rather than modernizing its ability to produce nuclear weapons, opponents say the government should transform all its arms-making facilities for more benign purposes, like clean energy.

"Personally, I want to live in a world without nuclear weapons. It wasn't possible, wasn't foreseeable for my parents. But now, it is entirely possible and entirely feasible to live without that threat," said Jedidjah de Vries from Tri-Valley Cares.

The public will have their say on the issue of complex transformation during a series of hearings starting Tuesday in Tracy and Livermore.

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