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Minutes of the 53rd AWE Local Liaison Committee Meeting

Minutes of the 53rd AWE Local Liaison Committee Meeting, Thursday 5 June 2008


AWE Local Liaison Committee (LLC) meeting (13 December 07)

AWE Local Liaison Committee (LLC)meeting (13 December 07) are now on the AWE website at:

As minutes of previous meetings are no longer available on the revamped website - NIS has contacted AWE for previous 5 year copies Dec.07 minutes item on Environment Agency warning letter.

AWE Planning Application for a High Explosives Fabrication Facility

West Berkshire Council (WBC) Planning Authority. Planning Application: 07/02438/COMIND. High Explosives Fabrication Facility (HEFF)

A comic slant on AWE recruitment features in the magazine "Builder"

The irrepressible Bernard Ainsworth

Project manager Bernard Ainsworth is clearly not a man who shirks a challenge. Having dusted himself down after the collapse of Metronet, where he was seconded from consultant Atkins, the man who built the controversial O2 dome in south-east London is back at Atkins once more. His new posting? Working with the Atomic Weapons Establishment on its 750-acre site at Aldermaston. Should be a doddle.

Emergency exercises at Atomic Weapons Establishments

In July 2007 NIS submitted a series of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act asking for action plans and post-exercise review documents relating to any emergency exercise held in 2006/2007 for AWE Aldermaston or AWE Burghfield.  

In response to this request, eight documents were released by the Health and Safety Executive’s Nuclear Directorate.  This report summarises the documents and draws conclusions on the adequacy of emergency arrangements at AWE sites.

New Laser Building at AWE Aldermaston

Orion laser hall, AWE Aldermaston


The new Laser building at AWE Aldermaston now dominates the site on the A340, Paices Hill. AWE expect it to be operational by 2010. Photo: Juliet McBride

Reading Post article: Fears over AWE's buried workshops

Interestingly, neither AWE nor the NII take the opportunity in their comments to the Reading Post, to refute the concerns of the NIS Report. There is no explanation of the failure to deliver a design plan, despite NII's urgent requests for one and consensus that safety standards need to be improved. We all agree that the old facilities are being patched up because they are not safe enough. The NII is unlikely to close the facility, leaving nowhere for warheads to be dissembled in an emergency.

Hansard on AWE January - March 2007

8 Jan 2007 : Column 99W, Nuclear Submarines

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many warheads in the stockpile of operationally available warheads will be dismantled as a result of the reductions in the stockpile announced in the White Paper CM6994; and if he will make a statement. [108792]

Objection to White Towers Housing Plans

White Tower Nursery is near to The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE). This unique nuclear site has a 3Km countermeasure zone contained in its Off-Site Emergency Plan. In the event of a nuclear accident, residents within 3Km must take shelter or be evacuated, depending on the severity of the event.