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New emergency planning area calculations for AWE sites

New hazard assessments published by the Atomic Weapons Establishment for the Aldermaston and Burghfield nuclear sites suggest that the impacts of a radiation emergency at either site would extend over smaller areas than currently defined in emergency plans, raising fears that emergency planning areas may be reduced in size.

Environment Agency raps Atomic Weapons Establishment over radioactive waste management staff shortages

The factory that manufactures the UK's nuclear weapons has been rapped by a government regulatory agency for the second time this year for failings in radioactive waste management arrangements.

Environment Agency probes AWE on future of the Pangbourne Pipeline

The Environment Agency has met with the Atomic Weapons Establishment to discuss decommissioning of the Pangbourne Pipeline, formerly used for the disposal of radioactive effluent from the AWE Aldermaston site.

Atomic Weapons Establishment managing director steps down

Andrew Jupp

Andrew Jupp, Managing Director at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), has stepped down from the top job at the UK's Trident nuclear weapons factory.

Safety assessment downplays off-site radiation risks at Atomic Weapons Establishment

A new assessment of hazards posed by the site where Britain's nuclear warheads are assembled and dismantled has concluded that there are “no reasonably foreseeable scenarios” that would result in a radiation emergency at the site.

AWE Aldermaston must remain under 'special measures' for second year running, says government safety watchdog

The factory which designs and manufactures the UK's nuclear weapons must stay on a list of  nuclear sites which require an enhanced level of regulatory attention because of the risks it poses, according to the government's nuclear safety watchdog

AWE agrees to return safety awards following fire prosecution

AWE plc, the company which operates the Atomic Weapons Establishment, has returned three awards presented by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents following the fire at AWE Aldermaston in 2010.