NIS Update April 2017

AWE’s radioactive waste plan is sixteen years overdue, but is it realistic?

In September 2016 the ONR closed an Improvement Notice that had been issued to AWE the previous year. The notice said they had to choose a plan for dealing with the stocks of Higher Activity Waste stored at Aldermaston, an issue regulators have been trying to get AWE to address for sixteen years. Read more.


Regulator issues new improvement notices over safety management issues at AWE

In March the ONR announced that it had issued identical improvement notices to Aldermaston and Burghfield regarding the way safety documentation is handled. Read more.


First round of nuclear treaty ban negotiations conclude

At the end of March, more than 130 countries attended the first round of talks at the UN in New York to negotiate a nuclear ban treaty. The week-long series of meetings was an opportunity for member states to discuss what measures they would like to see included in the ban treaty. Read more.


Objections raised to housebuilding plans near Aldermaston & Burghfield

Plans to build 227 houses on land next to AWE Aldermaston have met with fierce local opposition, while three local authorities have applied for government money to develop a proposal for a ‘Garden Village’ settlement next to AWE Burghfield. Read more.


Ongoing strike action at AWE over pensions

Members of the Unite union have carried out a series of strikes at AWE due to the company’s decision to end a defined benefit pension scheme. Read more.

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