Board Statement on Nuclear Testing

Archived Board Statement

July 22, 2020

In light of Congressional interest and press reports of Administration interest in resumed nuclear testing, we reaffirm our 2018 statement that "fully informed technical studies have concluded continued testing is not required to retain confidence in the safety and reliability of the remaining nuclear weapons in the United States' stockpile. Resumption of nuclear testing may have serious negative international consequences, particularly on the nonproliferation regime. In addition the Society strongly urges the Congress and the Administration to provide sufficient notification and justification for any proposed nuclear test to allow adequate time for informed and thorough analysis and public discussion.”