Nuclear Weapons On A Street Near You

Mother Jones on how nuclear weapons quietly pass through major U.S. cities:

At a cost of $250 million a year, nearly 600 couriers employed by this secretive agency within the US Department of Energy use some of the nation’s busiest roads.

Yet hiding nukes in plain sight, and rolling them through major metropolises like Atlanta, Denver, and LA, raises a slew of security and environmental concerns, from theft to terrorist attack to radioactive spills. Moreover, in recent years the OST’s nuke truckers have had a spotty track record—including spills, problems with drinking on the job, weapons violations, and even criminal activity.


6 Comments on "Nuclear Weapons On A Street Near You"

  1. This does seem to be a real concern, but hardly a new one.

    In the past, when we were still building the things, it was considered “unfair” to any one community to build all the bombs at one site because of the risks of accidental critical mass events. The solution they arrived at was to drive around the country assembling the bombs in the back of tractor trailer trucks to spread the risk around some.

    As far as I know, this was only done West of the Mississippi, but still…

    • They couldn’t just build the bombs in a remote and unpopulated area? Wyoming comes to mind.

    • De Carabas | Mar 24, 2012 at 11:16 am |

      My understanding of the subject was that almost all military tech is produced this way. The reason is not to distribute the risk of an accident across the population, but to spread the wealth associated with the production of such things across the population as well as prevent a single point of failure from crippling the military industrial capabilities of the U.S.

  2. MikeSiindali | Mar 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm |

    I see my area has no yellow lines or colored dots, I’m good. The rest of you, good luck.  

  3. Nothing new here.  60 Minutes did a bit on this back in the 80’s.

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