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On Monday workers at the Atomics Weapons Establishment (AWE) were out on strike for the 16th time since November as part of long-running pensions dispute. More than 700 workers are striking, with...

Nuclear factory fire report highlights AWE safety failings

“Numerous difficulties” were experienced by agencies involved in fighting a serious fire at the Berkshire factory where Britain's nuclear warheads are made because of the security status of the site and the time of day the fire broke out, according to a fire service debrief report for the incident- which is available for download at the bottom of this article.

Emergency planning arrangements for AWE's Explosives Technology Facility

Emergency plans for the explosives technology facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston have been released into the public domain (available for download at the bottom of this article) following a series of questions from Members of Parliament.

Following the fire in the explosives area at Aldermaston on 3 August 2010 Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, enquired about the emergency arrangements which were implemented in fighting the fire.

Radioactive waste treatment facility at AWE Aldermaston two years behind schedule

Photo: Radioactive waste management facility at the US Y-12 Oak Ridge nuclear weapons plant (US Government open source)

 

Anglo-French nuclear co-operation agreement: New briefing from NIS

Under the terms of a new treaty Britain and France intend to collaborate on nuclear warhead technology for the next 50 years. The agreement, announced by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, commits the two nations to undertake a joint programme of co-operation on nuclear weapon technology at a new hydrodynamics research facility at Valduc in France and a joint Technology Development Centre at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston.

Public inquiry into AWE safety extended by four days

The Boundary Hall planning inquiry into development in the emergency planning zone at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston is to be extended by four days to allow evidence into public safety to be fully examined.

Despite heavy pressure from local MPs and councils the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is opposing a new housing development close to AWE Aldermaston.

Boundary Hall planning inquiry into AWE safety zones commences

The planning inquiry for the 'Boundary Hall' site in Tadley, close to the perimeter fence at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston commenced today in Basingstoke (12 October 2010).

1,331 voices count for nothing

 

 

 

West Berkshire Council has granted planning permission for a new hydrodynamics research facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston – despite receiving 1,331 letters of objection to the proposed development.

AWE 'Hydrus' Planning Application scheduled for 29 September hearing

West Berkshire Council has confirmed that its Eastern Area Planning Committee will consider the planning application for 'Project Hydrus', the new hydrodynamics experimental facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston, at its meeting on Wednesday 29th September.

AWE fire incident report highlights safety failings

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newly released information about the recent fire at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston reveals that AWE failed to take key action that could have helped firefighters bring the blaze under control.

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