In spite of our preoccupation with the Persian Gulf, we should keep in mind our priorities at home. The enormous and costly health, safety and environmental problems of the U.S. Department of Energy's nuclear weapons production facilities remain mostly untouched. The projected cost of decontaminating polluted sites is more than $200 billion.
The contamination with radioactivity of our underground water, air and land is already occurring. It will only increase with our aging plants and leaking storage sites that are not being cleaned up. At this point, there is no safe permanent storage site developed for the radioactive waste being produced in the past 50 years.
The top priority of the Energy Department should be providing real national security by protecting public health and restoring the environment rather than continued nuclear weapons production. Our legislators need to know we have already sacrificed too much for nuclear weapons.