NIS Update – including new AWE planning application deadline

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NIS UPDATE 7th July 2008

AWE Aldermaston and Burghfield

Quarterly Report for 1 January to 31 March 2008
Weaknesses were identified under 18 inspection categories

"Progress with addressing PRS shortfalls is continuing.  In line with its permissioning strategy, NII has issued a Licence Instrument to permission AWE to undertake live operations in certain identified buildings at Burghfield following demonstration of satisfactory progress against a schedule of agreed deliverables."


Improvement notice

Following two recent breaches of criticality Operating Rules, NII served an Improvement Notice on AWE on 3rd April 2008. NII has since agreed with AWE a completion date of January 19th 2009 for improvements. Falure to fix the problem will result in two prosecutions: one for the fault and one for failute to comply with the Improveemnt Notice.


NII is satisfied that there is no immediate risk from criticality at AWE and continues to ensure that the risks from all activities are maintained As Low As Reasonably Practicable.

Closing Date for Objections : 17th June 2008

Application Reference: 08/00954/COMIND


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