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NIS Update: February 2018 Special

AWE have applied to increase the amount of volatile beta emitting radioactive material they release into the atmosphere from 4.4 MegaBecquerels (MBq) to 100 MBq, an increase of more than 22 times. The Environment Agency consultation on the change runs until the 22nd February.

NIS Update: September 2017

  • Updated briefing paper - The UK and the nuclear ban treaty September 2017
    As the nuclear ban treaty has opened for signature, NIS have updated our briefing paper examining which aspects of the UK's nuclear weapons programme would be affected if the UK were to sign the ban treaty.

NIS Update: August 2017

Contents of this month's NIS Update newsletter from Nuclear Information Service:

Annual Report 2016

Nuclear Information Service Annual Report 2016 is now published - please view or download the PDF  or if you prefer you may request a hard copy in the post.

NIS Update: May 2017 special

In a week where industrial action over changes to a pension scheme prevented an emergency planning exercise at AWE, we are releasing research which shows that the profits made by the consortium which owns AWE Management Ltd. are almost twice the size of the deficit in their pension scheme. The factsheet also shows how spending by the Ministry of Defence on AWE has risen over the years.


AWE consortium profits are almost double the size of their pension deficit

NIS Update April 2017

AWE’s radioactive waste plan, regulator issues new improvement notices and more

New Report on Nuclear Weapons Accidents

A new report from Nuclear Information Service is now available to download as a PDF
Playing with Fire: Nuclear Weapons Incidents and Accidents in the UK

The report, which details over 100 serious incidents and accidents, was launched at a meeting in Portcullis House, Westminster hosted by Kelvin Hopkins MP on February 22nd 2017.  The meeting was well attended by MPs, campaigners, academics and nuclear experts. 

NIS Update: December 2016 special

This special edition of our NIS Update newsletter co-incides with the release of papers from the National Archives about the October 1988 incident when protesters from Faslane Peace Camp managed to break in to the control room of one of the UK's nuclear armed Polaris submarines.  Our reports analyse the papers from the archives and give the astonishing first-hand story of the incident from one of the Peace Campers who boarded the submarine.

NIS Update: September 2016

£73 million a year for policing the UK's nukes, Aldermaston emergency planning area reduced in size, UN to vote on nuclear ban negotiations and more besides.

NIS Update: August 2016

This month our NIS Update newsletter reports on safety issues at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, which continues to require enhanced regulatory attention from the government's safety watchdog.  We explain the impact that shortages on nuclear skilled staff are having on the Ministry of Defence's nuclear weapons and submarine programmes, and also give details of a collision involving the Royal Navy's nuclear-powered submarine HMS Ambush.