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Many experts believe the likelihood of nuclear weapons use has actually increased since the end of the Cold War. Some 5000 nuclear weapons remain on hair-trigger alert in the United States and Russia alone, ready to be launched within minutes. Because of the potential for accidental or inadvertent launch, these weapons constitute a public health risk of enormous proportions.
This risk is compounded by the proliferation of nuclear weapons, materials and technology, most recently to India and Pakistan, and by deteriorating command and control systems and infrastructure within the former Soviet republics. WPSR advocates "de-alerting" nuclear weapons to reduce the enormous risk of accidental or inadvertent launch of these weapons.
"A dangerous new arms race looms on the horizon. If we are even to dream of a world free of nuclear weapons by the end of the 21st century, we should start taking new and effective measures of nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation right now."
— United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan
Feb. 2, 2000
|WSMA Dealerting Document-(Word Doc)||Dealerting Background|
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.