Ministry of Defence proposals to build a new Enriched Uranium Facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston could pose potential hazards to the public from a radioactive fire or a critical release of radiation – but NAG considers that not enough information about the development has been provided to enable these risks to be properly evaluated.
Welcome to Nuclear Awareness Group
The guest speaker at NAG's 2009 Annual General Meeting was Frank Boulton, Chair of Medact - a global charity which speaks out for countless people across the globe whose health, wellbeing and access to proper health care are severely compromised by the effects of war, poverty and environmental damage.
NAG has written to the Local Government Ombudsman to complain about the manner in which the planning application for a controversial new nuclear warhead assembly / disassembly facility at AWE Burghfield was handled by West Berkshire Council.
Our special guest at NAG's July meeting was Dr John Harrison, Head of the Dose Assessment Centre at the Health Protection Agency's Centre for Radiation, Chemicals, and Environmental Hazards. Click the link above to find out more and download a copy of Dr Harrison's presentation.
Ministry of Defence proposals to build a new nuclear weapons factory just outside Reading highlight concerns about the safety of the population around nuclear sites and would breach government guidelines on development in flood risk zones, according to NAG.
West Berkshire Council decided in early March to grant planning permission to the Ministry of Defence for construction of a new ‘main process facility’ at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire, despite fierce local opposition to the proposal.
|NAG Meeting 7.00pm Tuesday 16th December (please be early if possible)
Hot fruit punch & mince pies & a brief AGM
Flood risk and other climate change risks for AWE will be on the Agenda and how the NII interfaces with the MoD on safety.
7 pm WEDNESDAY 23rd July 2008
Civic Centre Reading
Nuclear Emergency Planning
A non-political discussion on safety and emergency plans
Principle Civil Contingencies Officer
West Berks. Council
AWE EMERGENCY PLAN
The West Berks. Council Emergency Plan for AWE is on the Council’s website at http://www.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=12156. It was due to be updated this year, but the 2004 version remains the current plan. The risks of a nuclear accident at AWE Aldermaston or Burghfield, or with a convoy on the road, may be small because reasonable precautions are taken by the MoD and AWE. However, the concern is that something will go terribly wrong and a nuclear release to the atmosphere will occur.
"Deadly Cargo" a professional film commissioned by Nukewatch from Camcorder Guerillas is being shown on 23rd April at in Reading after its launch in Glasgow on 29th March.
WEDNESDAY 23rd April 2008
Note NEW VENUE
7pm, RISC, 35 London Street, Reading
MEETING & FILM
Reading Borough Council’s Emergency Planning Officer was unable to attend our October meeting, because an emergency exercise was due at Aldermaston in November. He will unfortunately not be able to be with us at our January meeting – possibly because the Emergency Plan is currently under revision, due for completion in January.
Presentation by Kevin Holyer
We are where we are!
Concerns must be focused on risk minimization
Challenge is how do LAs seek engagement by Government/regulators with communities we represent