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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%.