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700-ton bomb test in Nevada
Washington/Las Vegas - The US military plans to test a massive conventional bomb in Nevada this summer, sparking protests and health concerns from local leaders.

The 700-tonne explosive will be detonated in the Nevada desert on June 2 to test the bomb's ability to destroy deeply buried bunkers and illicit weapons storage facilities, the Washington Post reported Friday.

'This is the largest single explosive we could imagine doing,' said James A Tegnelia, director of the Pentagon's Defence Threat Reduction Agency.

The bomb consists of 700 tonnes of heavy ammonium nitrate fuel oil, which should create a blast equivalent to 593 tonnes of TNT.

The munition was developed because the US Congress has refused to fund a Pentagon proposal to develop nuclear-tipped bunker busting bombs.

But local leaders in Nevada have expressed worry over possible effects of the blast, which will take place on the former nuclear testing grounds about 145 kilometres northwest of Las Vegas.

'I am concerned that tests of this magnitude have been planned without providing Nevadans with any information about the possible impact on their health or safety,' said Democratic senator and minority leader Harry Reid, who represents Nevada.

'Given the level of contamination in areas where nuclear tests were conducted, I have real concerns about the dust and other pollutants that will be released into the air as a result of this explosion,' said Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley.

© 2006 dpa - Deutsche Presse-Agentur
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Originally posted by Mano:
I'm sure people would argue, but Bush may be the worst president the united states has ever had.

He is certainly not the brightest cat. At least Clinton, Bush 41, Nixon (forget Watergate... the dude normalized relations with China during his presidency and he did it without the help of Congress... and politically speaking, that was no easy task), and Carter had the intellectual and MENTAL capacity to do the job. Bush 43 is not only lacking ability, he is probably still suffering from dyslexia.
I don't believe the "powers that be" ever, ever, ever think of the FALLOUT of all this poisonous weaponry causes to the world-wide populations. If Iran ever feels the brunt of whatever "Bush" is gonna do, will the OIL even be usable after the fallout, that's if anyone survives the repercussions this is going to bring upon the masses. Is anyone thinking about anything at all these days??????????? A question to all the "superior" so-called white people? "How in the hell do you think YOU'RE going to survive this chit??? You can barely survive a wrinkle without loosing your minds.
Fox News said that Bush was down to 33%, they are his biggest fans. Bush is scary on a number of levels. I have been concerned that he is going to declare Marshall Law, I think he will invade Iran and then Heaven help us because they will fight just like the people of Iraq but they have 60 million people to Iraq's pre-war 8 million. These are dangerous times to have a mad man with nuclear weapons at his disposal.

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