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The disinfectant of sunlight



News of recent pollution incidents at
the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston has reminded me of
the bad old days back in the 1970s and 1980s when AWE's safety and
environmental record was unimaginably worse than it is now.

A Good START

First thoughts on the proposed new US-Russia START treaty from NIS researcher Steven Hendry.

 

It was announced today that Presidents Obarma and Medvedev had
come to an agreement in reducing their arsenal of deployed nuclear weapons.
Subject to ratification, the long awaited agreement will replace the 1991
Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and commits both sides to reducing their
collection of warheads by around 30% of currently agreed levels.

Anglo-French nuclear patrols - a step towards disarmament



The Guardian has reported that the
French government has offered to create a joint UK-French nuclear
deterrent by sharing submarine patrols with the Royal Navy.

All eyes on Obama as NPT Review conference approaches



The Royal Society has just published an
excellent new briefing highlighting how the scientific community can
support nuclear arms control and disarmament initiatives, and the
report was launched at a conference a couple of days ago with th

Panic in Portland during nuclear submarine emergency exercise

Several national newspapers have picked up a story from local newspapers in Dorset about the fiasco which resulted when local councils and the Royal Navy tried to run a nuclear emergency exercise in the Portland area.

Strong language

It's not just campaigners and activists who feel that the recent planning application for a new Enriched Uranium Facility at the Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment was handled badly by West Berkshire Council.

West Berkshire has received stinging criticism from neighbouring Reading Borough Council, which has written to West Berkshire to highlight concerns about consultation over the planning application.

Aldermaston's Big Blockade

Shut down: Main Gate, AWE Aldermaston, 15 February 2010

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