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Reading Post on AWE Burghfield floods

The July storm which caused flooding across the country last year forced the shutdown of the Burghfield atomic bomb factory, it has been revealed.

In a question in the House of Commons last week, Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock asked defence minister Bob Ainsworth on whose authority the “live nuclear work was suspended at AWE Burghfield?”

Read the full Reading Post article here.

AWE Burghfield Warhead Plant Stops Operations

Jamie Doward, Home Affairs Editor, The Observer, 25th May 2008
Trident plant shut down in safety alert- Work at missile factory was suspended in secret after watchdog threatened to withhold licence.

Hansard on AWE Burghfield

20 May 2008: Column 177W AWE Burghfield

Hansard on AWE Burghfield, May 2008

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will propose changes to the (a) management and (b) procedures and systems at Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield to reduce the likelihood of any future necessary cessation of services on safety grounds; and if he will make a statement. [202083]

Safety Regulators Newsletter report on AWE plc

The Nuclear Installations Inspectorate of the Health and Safety Executive has issued warning notices to AWEplc requiring the company to provide records of radioactive materials. HSE Nuclear Newsletter Issue 42, April 2008 Page 27 AWE (Atomic Weapons Establishment) In accordance with our Integrated Intervention Strategy, we continue our early engagement with the licensee on significant projects to ensure our regulatory expectations are given due consideration early in the decision-making and optioneering process, thereby minimising future potential regulatory risk.

MOD Stops Live Nuclear Work at AWE Due to NII Preasure Over Safety Risks

The MOD has stopped live nuclear work being carried out at the assembly/disassembly plant at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Burghfield, due to pressure from the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate(NII), until safety standards are improved.

AWE Gravel Gerties in the News

'Safety ban on nuclear bomb work' by Rob Edwards

Vital work at Britain's nuclear bomb factory has been halted for months because of safety fears, preventing Trident warheads from being shipped to and from the Clyde



How Safe Is AWE Burghfield?

How Safe is AWE Burghfield?
An analysis of HSE Nuclear Installation Inspectorate
Reports and correspondence to the AWE plc Regulatory Control Centre Aldermaston 2006/7

Hansard on AWE Burghfield, 24th January 2008

24 Jan 2008 : Column 2138W, AWE Burghfield: Floods

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the flood risk to the /(a)/ High Security Area, /(b)/ Nuclear Licensed Site Area and /(c)/ remainder of the site at AWE Burghfield; what flooding has occurred at the site since July 2007; what representations he has received from the Environment Agency since that time; and if he will make a statement. [181048]