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article image700-Tonne Nevada Desert Explosion Halted by Pentagon

By digitalsoul     Feb 22, 2007 in Environment
Pentagon holds off on plans to detonate a 700-tonne explosive charge in the Nevada desert due to environmental protests and lawsuits.
Attempts to go forward with a study to determine the effect of 700 tonnes of conventional explosives have on hard granite structures was put on hold due to protests from Nevada residents concerned about possible effects the explosion could have on the environment.
Dubbed "Divine Strake," the test was designed to gather data for use in developing weapons capable of destroying deeply buried bunkers containing chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.
James Tegnelia, the director of the Defense Threat Reduction agency, called off the test Thursday saying his decision was not based on the concerns of Nevada residents or on any of the technical information provided to him indicating the 10,000 foot (3,048 meter) mushroom-like cloud produced from the blast would be harmful to workers, the public or the environment.
No matter his reason for his calling off the study Tegnelia says he has been convinced that "it's time to look at alternative methods that obviate the need for this type of large-scale test."
Tegnelia doesn't seem too concerned about the affects on the environment or people these tests could cause. Of course he is shacked up at he Pentagon on the east coast while these tests will be conducted near the west coast so why should he care, it wont directly affect him.
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