NIS Update: November 2014


Parliament to debate renewal of US-UK nuclear agreement

A controversial agreement which allows the UK and USA to co-operate on the development of nuclear weapons is to be debated in the UK Parliament for the first time in twenty years.  Read more.

Co-operation under the agreement will see a considerable step-up in activity as a result of new amendments which will support the UK's Trident replacement programme.  Read more.


Government stonewalling on attendance at humanitarian impacts conference. 

The British government has stonewalled on giving a commitment to attend a forthcoming international conference on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons, saying merely that it is “considering” whether to attend.  Read more.


Increase in number of nuclear safety incidents sparks concern over safety standards at Clyde submarine bases

The number of safety incidents recorded at the UK's Trident nuclear submarine and weapons bases on the Clyde estuary has shown a sharp increase according to internal Ministry of Defence  documents.  Read more.


Trident warhead decommissioning continues at a slow pace, says Nukewatch

Movements of the United Kingdom's nuclear warhead arsenal continue at a baseline level and suggest that decommissioning of warheads from the Trident warhead stockpile is slowly taking place, according to an annual summary of warhead convoy movements for the year 2013 published by the Nukewatch network.  Read more.


Submarine waste site selection consultation begins

The Ministry of Defence has announced its final shortlist of candidate sites for the storage of intermediate-level radioactive waste from decommissioned nuclear-powered submarines and is about to embark upon a fourteen-week programme of public consultation to select a suitable storage site for the waste.  Read more.


Blog article: The day crustaceans crippled a nuclear submarine.

How a Royal Navy submarine was almost lost off the coast of Africa.  Read more.


Jonathon Porritt becomes Patron of Nuclear Information Service

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

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