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Nukes Trekking US Roads

These days, a fleet of undercover truck trailers are making round the clock trips from Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor and Texas, carrying aging 100-kiloton W76 nuclear warheads to be brought back to life at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo.

The news surfaced this week, with kitsapsun.com saying that the 23 to 25 year old nukes are in major need for some nip'n'tuck operations. The number of warheads trekking US highways is huge, anywhere in between 1,600 and 1,800.

The trailers in which the warheads are being transported can deliver several nukes at a time. There is no official timetable for the completion of the transport because, according to the source, nuke transports don't travel during bad weather. Other details about the transport are, as you might have figured, secret.

“I don’t want to know about the movement of a warhead,” Phyllis Mann, director of the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management told kitsapsun.com. “It is classified information. There are some things you don’t want to know, and this is one of them. If you keep telling a secret, the next thing you know you get subpoenaed and have to tell something you don’t want to talk about.”

The news of the huge transport operation comes only a week after assistant inspector general Sandra D. Bruce from the Energy Department reported to have found evidence of some of the drivers of trucks transporting nuclear weapons drinking while on rest stops. This is a serious threat for a transport operation which is governed by strict rules and regulations.

However, since the inception of the Office of Secure Transportation (OST), a unit of the Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration in 1975, there have been no accidents leading to fatality or release of radioactive materials.
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