Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Divine Strake Postponed - May 28th Day of Action Still Scheduled

Western Shoshone Defense Project
Received May 10, 2006

FYI. Good news, we have a small victory – the Divine Strake test has been postponed – we want it cancelled. These are Western Shoshone lands and the Western Shoshone National Council says no further military testing – the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination agrees. The May 28th Day of Action at the Peace Camp across from the Nevada Test Site is still scheduled to call attention to this issue. Details to follow…

Subject: test site bomb delayed
LAS VEGAS -- A non-nuclear explosion expected to generate a mushroom cloud over the Nevada desert will be postponed at least three weeks, while a federal court reviews plans for the blast, test officials said Tuesday.

"The planned Divine Strake experiment will not be conducted earlier than June 23," said Cheri Abdelnour, spokeswoman for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va. The blast was originally scheduled for June 2.


In documents filed Monday with U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, federal Justice Department lawyers sought to push back from May 23 until early June a hearing on a lawsuit filed by the Winnemucca Indian Colony and several Nevada and Utah "downwinders" to block the blast. The judge did not issue an immediate ruling.

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection spokesman Dante Pistone also said Tuesday his agency was reviewing a revised environmental assessment that test planners filed Friday.

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