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On Monday workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) were out on strike for the sixteenth time since November as part of a long-running pensions dispute. More than 700 workers are striking, with...

AWE: ground water concerns

Despite approval of the plans for a huge laser to test nuclear weapons materials to be built near the fence at AWE Aldermaston, objectors are still concerned that the conditions required by the local planning authority, West Berkshire Council and the Environment Agency have not been met, and are seeking legal advice.

NIS calls for a Public Inquiry into AWE developments

£100m laser project will mimic nuclear explosion. Aldermaston plan seen as vital because of test ban. Critics demand inquiry, fearing new weapons

Parliamentary question: AWE balance sheet

11 Jan 2005 : Column 373W, Written Answers to Questions, Defence, Atomic Weapons Establishment

Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the balance sheet value of the Atomic Weapons Establishment in the books of his Department was as at 31 March; what the carrying charge and applicable depreciation for that establishment is in the current year; and for what reasons his Department is investing a further £467 million in that establishment. [206603]

NIS press release on AWE laser facility

Aldermaston New Build
West Berkhire Council has received the MOD's re-submission of a Notice of Planning for its proposed new laser facility at AWE Aldermaston. This is the first phase of a Strategy Development to enable tests to be carried out on nuclear weapons without recourse to underground testing.

Council give go-ahead for AWE laser

Despite receiving hundreds of objections, last night West Berkshire Council Planning Committee gave the go-ahead for the Ministry of Defence - the landowner - (via the private consortium managing AWE) to build a new laser facility at AWE Aldermaston.

Objections to AWE planning notices

Anyone wishing to register an objection to the Notice of Proposed Development for a new high-powered laser facility at AWE Aldermaston should do so by 4 December 2003. See the lastest NIS Update for futher information.

Two new planning notices for Aldermaston

Two Notices of Proposed Developments for facilities at AWE Burghfield and Aldermaston have been received by West Berkshire County Council, one for the erection of new gas meter housings, packaged boiler houses and replacement electical substations at Burghfield. The other for a new laser facility at Aldermaston. Click here to read the October NIS Update containing further details.

Britain boosts nuclear bomb research

  • 09:30 24 May 2003
  • Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition
  • Rob Edwards

Hundreds of extra scientists are being sought to work on Britain¹s nuclear bomb programme. Their job will be to maintain Britain¹s Trident warheads, to help ensure that new weapons can be designed in the future and to conduct joint research with the US.

Pangbourne pipeline closure (2005)

At the AWE public consultation last year, the Environment Agency required AWE to close the Pangbourne pipeline by 2005.

Hansard on AWE Aldermaston safety

5 Apr 2000 Column: 487W 

Mr. Rendel: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the criteria against which the applications for the new contract to run AWE Aldermaston were assessed. [113668]

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