Letter to Sandia National Laboratories from
the Los Alamos Study Group
June 18, 2004
Mr. Bruce Fetzer, Director of Public Relations & Communications
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM 87185-0111
Re: Inspection of Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and briefing on earth
penetrating nuclear weapons programs, August 5, 2004
Dear Mr. Fetzer,
The Los Alamos Study Group and a small team of citizen inspectors would
like to visit SNL on August 5, 2004 from approximately 9:00 am to 2:00
pm. We would like you to suggest facilities and sites involved in nuclear
weapons modifications, new weapon designs, and earth penetrating weapons
which we could visit on that date.
We request a briefing by cognizant Lab officials regarding SNL's role
in the aforementioned programs. This briefing would be "on the record."
This briefing needn't be held "inside the fence;" it could be
held at the Sandia Cooperative Monitoring Center. We anticipate that this
briefing would conclude on or before 4:00 pm.
We will cooperate fully with all security regulations and requirements
SNL may require. This will not be a demonstration, and the likely number
of participants will be twenty at most. We will travel in at most two
vehicles, and will stay together as one group for the entirety of the
tour. We will submit our vehicle(s) to inspection, and will cooperate
with any other required security procedures.
The Los Alamos Study Group and I personally will be responsible for the
conduct of guests on this tour. Persons on this inspection will include
interested citizens, visiting experts, elected officials from this country
and from others, and journalists. We will be able to supply you with a
visitor list, including citizenship of the participants. Along these lines,
we need to get from you a list of nations whose citizens may not enter
We anticipate requesting similar inspections on a quarterly basis involving
other Sandia facilities germane to its nuclear weapons programs, with
some of the same (and some different) persons on each inspection.
Please let us know as soon as possible which facilities we will be able
to visit on August 5 and what further information you will need from us
regarding this visit and briefing. Should it not be possible for some
reason to inspect any of these facilities at this time, please let me
Greg Mello, Executive Director