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A decade after the end of the Cold War, the world carried the burden of over 30,000 nuclear weapons into the new millennium. These weapons — especially several thousand on hair-trigger alert — constitute a profound threat to public health. The United States alone has spent over $5.5 trillion on nuclear weapons since 1940, and taxpayers continue to pay billions of dollars per year to maintain them.
PSR, WPSR, and many allied organizations advocate abolition of nuclear weapons. This can and will be achieved through adherence to existing treaties — most notably the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which calls for complete and general nuclear disarmament worldwide. As vital steps toward abolition of nuclear weapons, we advocate United States ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (signed by the US in 1996), and multilateral, negotiated nuclear weapons "de-alerting" and arsenal reductions by the nuclear weapons states.
In 2010, we continue to advocate abolishing nuclear weapons, still the gravest danger to human civilization. PSR recently introduced a new PowerPoint presentation on how nuclear weapons put the United States at risk today--and how we can reduce and eventually eliminate the danger posed by the thousands of nuclear weapons still stockpiled in nuclear arsenals, the tons of nuclear bomb making material vulnerable to theft by extremists, and the specter of more nations potentially seeking nuclear weapons. http://www.psr.org/resources/steps-to-safety.html
Particles on the Wall is an interdisciplinary exhibit exploring elements of the nuclear age, science, Hanford history, their thread through our lives and their bearing on the Columbia River and natural world. POTW's first venue is in Seattle's University District at the Allegro Cafe.