NIS Update: July – August 2014

Obama approves renewal of secret US-UK nuclear weapons agreement

A controversial treaty which allows the transfer of nuclear weapons technology between the USA and the UK has been given top-level go-ahead for renewal for a further ten years.  Read more.


AWE Aldermaston must remain under 'special measures' for second year running, says government nuclear safety watchdog

The factory which designs and manufactures the UK's nuclear weapons must stay on a list of  nuclear sites which require an enhanced level of regulatory attention because of the risks it poses, according to the government's nuclear safety watchdog.  Read more.


Investigation into power outage at nuclear submarine reactor fuel plant

An investigation is underway into a power outage which interrupted electricity supply to a Derby factory which prepares reactor fuel for the Royal Navy's fleet of nuclear powered submarines.  Read more.


European Union updates nuclear safety rules

The European Union has formally adopted new laws aimed at tightening safety standards and improving the regulation of nuclear facilities in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.  Read more.


Safety assessment downplays radiation risks at Atomic Weapons Establishment

A new assessment of hazards posed by the site where Britain's nuclear warheads are assembled and dismantled has concluded that there are “no reasonably foreseeable scenarios” that would result in a radiation emergency at the site.  Read more.

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