NIS Update: August 2015

Contents of this month's NIS Update newsletter from Nuclear Information Service:

  • Nuclear weapons factory to stay under 'special measures' for third year running.
  • Improvement Notice served on AWE after radioactive waste failure.
  • Costs and purpose of Trident questioned among UK military community.
  • Submarine test reactor at Dounreay shut down for final time.
  • 500 jobs to be cut at Atomic Weapons Establishment.
  • Public views on disposal of nuclear submarine waste published by Ministry of Defence.
  • Supercomputing upgrade at Atomic Weapons Establishment.
  • Video: 'Should Britain Keep Its Nuclear Weapons?'
  • Changes at NIS.

 

Nuclear weapons factory to stay under 'special measures' for third year running

The factory where the UK's nuclear weapons are manufactured will require “an enhanced level of regulatory attention” for the third year running because of a failure to improve safety performance, says the government's nuclear safety regulator.  Read more.

 

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.  Read more.

 

Costs and purpose of Trident questioned among UK military community

A ground-breaking study from Nuclear Information Service and the Nuclear Education Trust into how the UK's military community views nuclear weapons and disarmament has highlighted significant concerns about the costs and role of Trident.  Read more.

 

Submarine test reactor at Dounreay shut down for final time

The Royal Navy's nuclear submarine test reactor at the Vulcan site at Dounreay has been shut down for the final time, paving the way towards defuelling and decommissioning of the site.  Read more.

 

500 jobs to be cut at Atomic Weapons Establishment

Five hundred jobs are to be axed at the factory which designs and manufactures the UK's nuclear weapons.  Read more.

 

Public views on disposal of nuclear submarine waste published by Ministry of Defence

The results of a public consultation programme on the location of a storage site for radioactive waste from decommissioned nuclear submarines have been published by the Ministry of Defence.  Read more.

 

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.  Read more.

 

Video: 'Should Britain Keep Its Nuclear Weapons?'

Nuclear Information Service has teamed up with Youtube online broadcaster Philosophy Tube to publish a short video about issues relating to the UK's nuclear weapons and the decision to replace Trident.  Watch the video here.

 

Changes at NIS

Pete Wilkinson

It is with regret that the Board of the Nuclear Information Service have taken the decision to part company with our Director, Pete Wilkinson. We would like to thank Pete for his efforts with NIS over the previous 18 months and wish him all the best in the future.

NIS will continue to play a proactive role, working with others to achieve the right decision on Trident replacement during this forthcoming important period, especially in supporting campaigns with our hard hitting research and facilitating coordinated action toward disarmament.

New office

Nuclear Information Service is moving to a new office.  Our current premises in Southampton Street, Reading, are to be converted to residential apartments, so after five years we are now moving to a new base.  We are delighted to announce that we will be moving to an office nearby in the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), where we will be able to work alongside a number of other progressive organisations working for social justice.

We will be moving on 27 August 2015 and further information about our new contact arrangements will be provided in the next NIS Update newsletter.

 

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