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Divine Strake meetings set


Idahoans will have the opportunity to hear firsthand about the Divine Strake experiment proposed for later this year at the Nevada Test Site. The Idaho Congressional Delegation has won a commitment from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the National Nuclear Security Administration to hold an informational meeting in Boise concerning the experiment. Some believe that the activity will resuspend radioactive contamination from atmospheric nuclear tests conducted during the 1950s and 1960s at the Nevada Test Site and potentially affect residents outside the experiment site.

The agencies will hold a public information session on Sunday, January 28, 2007, at the Grove Hotel, in the Evergreen and Cedar rooms. The meetings are set to begin at noon and go to 2:30 p.m.

The meeting was asked for and pushed by Idaho's Congressional delegation, including Sen. Mike Crapo, a Republican.

"Clearly, Idahoans need more answers concerning the Divine Strake experiment, in large part because past tests at the Nevada Test Site have led to the downwinder effects of radiation," said Crapo in a prepared statement. "While there is no definitive proof that this non-nuclear test will result in the scattering of radioactive material, I cannot support the Divine Strake test until I see evidence that it will not bring harm to Idahoans."