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Spending on Trident or child poverty?

Letter from Dr David Lowry, former Director, European Proliferation Information Centre (EPIC)

Sir- So, the credit crunch kaleidoscope has been shaken with an interesting atomic fallout ("Tories cast doubt on £21bn Trident nuclear missile upgrade," May 1).

At prime minister's question time this week former Labour foreign office minister Chris Mullin  suggested "given that the Government are a little strapped for cash at the moment, might this be the moment to reconsider our commitment to spend £20 billion on a new generation of nuclear weapons?"

Faslane Safety Failures

Devastating admissions about one of Britain’s most significant nuclear sites are disclosed in MoD documents released under the Freedom of Information Act. The sprawling and heavily-defended base for the UK’s nuclear deterrent at Faslane, is a facility which dominates the coastline on a quiet sea loch north-west of Glasgow.

Fresh hurdle for AWE development

The Nuclear Awareness Group (NAG),  based in Reading, has lodged a complaint with West Berkshire Council over the handling of a planning application at AWE in Burghfield by outlining their concerns about the way plans to build a new nuclear warhead facility were handled.

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Submarine Waste Fiasco

Nuclear Submarine Waste Fiasco

Set up to monitor the Ministry of Defence storage solution for redundant nuclear submarine hulks, the Nuclear Submarine Forum (NSubF) is a national group opposed to nuclear power and weapons. NSubF is appalled at the news from Devonport.

US using British atomic weapons factory for its nuclear programme

The US military has been using Britain's atomic weapons factory to carry out research into its own nuclear warhead programme, according to evidence seen by the Guardian.

US defence officials said that "very valuable" warhead research has taken place at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston in Berkshire as part of an ongoing and secretive deal between the British and American governments.

Appeal refused on Trident

Judicial Review of the government's decision to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system

High Court, London, 27th January 2009

Emergency Planning for Climate Change

Report from the 'Civil Contingencies: Towards Better Leadership and Resilience in Local Emergency Planning Structures' conference

Tuesday 11th November 2008 Institute of Mechanical Engineering, One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London



Nuclear Weapons not wanted in Scotland

Political row over the future of nuclear weapons at base. Tina Kemp, Scottish Lennox Herald, 24nd Oct 2008.

A fresh row has erupted over the future of Faslane Naval Base. Defence Secretary John Hutton visited the base last week to reinforce the government’s pledge to keep nuclear weapons in Scotland.


Swamped! The devastating impact of the July 2007 floods on Britain's nuclear weapon's factories.

Download the full report below. You can also read the redacted version of AWE's 'Review Learn and Improve' assessment of the floods here.

Proposed compensation to communities near nuclear waste sites

Intermediate Level Nuclear Waste has to be stored at all nuclear facilities including AWE Aldermaston. Decommissioned submarines waste also has to be stored for many years.