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Washington, DC The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Laboratories was selected to develop the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW).

Senator Feinstein, who has fought for years to prevent the development of a new generation of nuclear weapons, issued the following statement:

“There is a long history of this Administration seeking to reopen the nuclear door, and I am 100 percent opposed to this.  While I appreciate the fact that Lawrence Livermore was selected, this in no way answers my questions about the Reliable Replacement Warhead program.

I question why the National Nuclear Security Administration is seeking a significant increase in funding for the program at a time when:

  • The Secretary of Energy and Secretary of Defense have certified that the nuclear stockpile is safe and reliable for 11 straight years.
  • There is no new military requirement to replace existing, well-tested warheads and;
  • a December 2006 report by the National Laboratories showed that plutonium pits have a life-span of at least 85 years,

What worries me is that the minute you begin to put more sophisticated warheads on the existing fleet, you are essentially creating a new nuclear weapon.  And it’s just a matter of time before other nations do the same thing. 

In fact, this could serve to encourage the very proliferation we are trying to prevent. 

Congress should ask the tough questions to ensure that this is not a back door to new nuclear weapons.”