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Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation Divine Strake

"Divine Strake"

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) plans for a massive underground explosion, using 700 tons of ammonium nitrate fuel. While ostensible purpose of the test is non-nuclear, DoD budget documents indicate the purpose of the test is to study the effects of a low-yield nuclear weapon on a deeply buried and hardened target. DoD denies any link between the test and nuclear weapons. The test, which has been delayed indefinitely pending a reassessment of its environmental impact, is to take place at the Department of Energy's Nevada Test Site, which was the location for U.S. underground nuclear explosive tests conducted throughout the Cold War.

There is a lawsuit brought by the members of the Western Shoshone people and downwinders to challenge the test on a number of grounds, including violations of Western Shoshone sovereignty, violations of the Treaty of Ruby Valley, and violations of the National Environmental Policy Act. The Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy does not represent any of the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs have filed a declaration of John Burroughs, LCNP executive director, concerning the requirements of international law bearing on the Divine Strake test.

Selected Media Coverage

Divine Strake explosion delayed, possibly moved, Las Vegas Review-Journal, August 2, 2006
Government: September or later for mushroom cloud blast in Nevada
, San Diego Union Tribune, June 16, 2006
Mushroom cloud blast in Nevada delayed indefinitely, Las Vegas Sun, May 26, 2006

Documentation from the Western Shoshone Lawsuit

Press Release, Divine Strake Lawsuit, May 22, 2006

Second Amended Complaint - Winnemucca Indian Colony et al. v. U.S. et al. (U.S. District Court, Nevada)

Motion for Temporary Restraining Order
Exhibit 8: Affidavit of Diane M. Stearns
Exhibit 10: Affidavit of Thomas M. Fasy
Exhibit 13: Affidavit of Richard Miller
Exhibit 14: Declaration of John Burroughs

Additional Resources

DisarmamentActivist.org on Divine Strake


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