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Nuclear emergency exercise is a good start - but real-life test needed for bomb factory

An emergency exercise for the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has resulted in invaluable learning for emergency services – but further improvements in planning for an accident are needed as a result of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, according to a new report from Nuclear Information Service (NIS).

Report warns that MoD nuclear safety is deteriorating

The safety of the MoD's nuclear programmes is under threat in the medium term from a lack of finance and suitably competent staff, according to the Defence Nuclear Environment and Safety Board (DNESB), which oversees nuclear and radiological safety and environmental protection in the MoD.

Flawed MoD nuclear response could place emergency personnel at risk

Significant safety problems have been exposed in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) response to an accident involving nuclear weapons after an emergency exercise in East Anglia last year.

Public inquiry into AWE safety extended by four days

The Boundary Hall planning inquiry into development in the emergency planning zone at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston is to be extended by four days to allow evidence into public safety to be fully examined.

Despite heavy pressure from local MPs and councils the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is opposing a new housing development close to AWE Aldermaston.

New AWE Emergency Plan highlights chilling consequences of a nuclear accident

A newly published emergency plan for the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) gives a chilling insight into the grim consequences of a major accident at one of Berkshire's nuclear weapons factories.

Hansard on International Regulations affecting safety at AWE Burghfield

25 Mar 2009 : Column 432W

AWE Burghfield: Nuclear Weapons

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1668W, on AWE Burghfield: nuclear weapons, what internationally recognised standards and codes of practice are applicable. [265568]

Nuclear reactor being dismantled in Devonport

A MASSIVE section of the nuclear reactor from HMS Vanguard is secretly being dismantled in Devonport, but the Ministry of Defence has insisted the project is safe. A massive section of the reactor from HMS Vanguard – which was refitted and refuelled at Devonport dockyard between 2002 and 2004 – is being dismantled at the city dockyard. Royal Navy sources have said it was the first time a submarine reactor had been cut up in the UK.

Hansard on AWE Burghfield Safety, 26th Jan 2009

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what evidence his Department holds on the safety of airborne particulate debris arising from the functioning of the Main Process Facility at AWE Burghfield. [249007]

Hansard on AWE Burghfield Floods, Oct 27th 2008

Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency planning had been conducted at AWE Burghfield before the 2007 floods to prepare for such an eventuality; and if he will make a statement.

Hansard on MoD handling of Burghfield AWE floods

From Hansard: Defence AWE Burghfield: Floods Written Answers on 27th Oct 2008