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Nuclear safety event reported every fortnight at Atomic Weapons Establishment

An official record of nuclear incidents has revealed that over the last three years over eighty safety-related events were reported to government safety inspectors by the factory where Britain's nuclear weapons are designed and built – an average of more than two every month.

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.

Atomic Weapons Establishment management contract to be terminated?

A 25 year contract to manage the government laboratory where the UK's nuclear weapons are designed and built may be terminated by the Ministry of Defence as a result of poor performance, safety concerns, and project management failures.

Flood defence scheme proposed for AWE Burghfield

Flooding at AWE Burghfield

The Ministry of Defence has submitted a planning application to West Berkshire Council requesting permission to build flood defences for the Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield, which has a history of flooding.

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.

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