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News stories and information about the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston, where the UK's nuclear weapons are designed and manufactured.

Aldermaston emergency planning area reduced in size

Police cars in Tadley. The new exclusion zone now covers the whole town. Image credit: Steven West https://www.flickr.com/photos/astralmedia/7985474427/

The area around the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston within which emergency planning measures are considered necessary to protect the public has been reduced in size by more than a quarter following a review by the government's nuclear safety watchdog.  The emergency planning area h

Regulators raise concerns over safety incident and tritium leak at Atomic Weapons Establishment

The Atomic Weapons Establishment “is a safe place, but could be a lot safer”, according to Iain Coucher, the new chief executive of the Establishment. 

AWE Burghfield placed back in special measures as Aldermaston remains in them for the fourth year running

The Office for Nuclear Regulation has announced that both the Aldermaston and Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment sites will require 'enhanced regulatory attention' as a result of failures to improve nuclear safety performance at the two sites.

Nuclear safety event reported every fortnight at Atomic Weapons Establishment

An official record of nuclear incidents has revealed that over the last three years over eighty safety-related events were reported to government safety inspectors by the factory where Britain's nuclear weapons are designed and built – an average of more than two every month.

Improvement Notice served on AWE after radioactive waste failure

The Office for Nuclear Regulation has served a formal Improvement Notice on the Atomic Weapons Establishment following AWE's failure to meet a legal requirement to treat radioactive waste.

Supercomputing upgrade at Atomic Weapons Establishment

The Atomic Weapons Establishment is to receive an upgrade to its high performance supercomputing system to further boost its ability to undertake research contributing to the development of new nuclear weapons.

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