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Safety issues may call time on nuclear warhead assembly plant

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has required immediate safety changes to be made at the UK’s nuclear warhead assembly facility and has said that even with the changes operations at the site can only continue for a limited period of time. If sufficient progress is not made on reducing risk at the facility ONR have said that operations may need to stop altogether.

AWE hid 2000% radioactive discharge increase request from councillors

The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) failed to mention they were applying for an increase of over 2000% in the level of radioactive material they release into the air when they met with local councillors last December. The application, which is currently being considered by the Environment Agency,[1] would allow AWE to increase the amount of radioactive gasses called ‘volatile beta emitters’[2] they are allowed release from 4.4 megabecquerels (MBq)[3] to 100 MBq a year, an increase of 22 times, or 2200%.

UK could keep submarines but would lose Trident missiles & warheads under ban treaty

The UK would be allowed to keep Trident submarines if it joined the nuclear ban treaty, but would have to get rid of its nuclear missiles and warheads, according to a report released today by the Nuclear Information Service (NIS). The ban treaty, which was negotiated by 122 countries this summer, will be opened for signature in New York later today.

Jonathon Porritt becomes Patron of Nuclear Information Service

Jonathon Porritt

Nuclear Information Service (NIS) is delighted to announce that Sir Jonathon Porritt has agreed to become a Patron of our organisation.

Pete Wilkinson appointed as new Director of Nuclear Information Service

Pete Wilkinson

The Nuclear Information Service Board of Directors is delighted to announce that Pete Wilkinson has been appointed to the post of Director for the organisation.

Sixty years of British nuclear weapons

Sir William Penney

Find out about our interactive timeline showing the history of Britain's nuclear weapons programme.

Opening The Gates: Raising the standard of community liaison at the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

Nuclear Information Service has published the results of a major investigation into the effectiveness and openness of the Local Liaison Committee for the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE).   

Greenpeace investigation shows that replacing Trident will cost £97 billion

An investigation by Greenpeace has shown that the costs of replacing Trident will total £97 billion over the whole life of the project- far above the £20 billion figure usually quoted by the government.

Calls for greater transparency at AWE following contamination incident

Local Green campaigners are calling for increased transparency following AWE plc's failure to disclose to the public details of a radioactive contamination event that happened at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston in June 2009.