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Safety and flood fears raise concerns over Burghfield nuclear plans

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 NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2008

 

NAG Meeting 7.00pm Tuesday 16th December (please be early if possible)

Hot fruit punch & mince pies & a brief AGM
before our speakers at 7.30pm

Speakers:
 

  • Graham Thomas - Nominated Inspector AWE Aldermaston & Burghfield
  • Mike Finnerty - Site Inspector AWE Burghfield
  • David Senior - Head Nuclear Directorate Unit 3B (AWE Site Inspection) *

Flood risk and other climate change risks for AWE will be on the Agenda and how the NII interfaces with the MoD on safety.

 

NAG NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2008

 

NAG DIARY

 

7 pm WEDNESDAY 23rd July 2008

Civic Centre Reading

 

Nuclear Emergency Planning

A non-political discussion on safety and emergency plans

 

Carolyn Murison

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.

NAG Spring 2008 Newsletter

"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.

NAG DIARY

WEDNESDAY 23rd April 2008

Note NEW VENUE

7pm, RISC, 35 London Street, Reading

MEETING & FILM

"Deadly Cargo"

A New Film of UK nuclear weapons transport

 

NAG Newsletter, Winter 2007/08

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.

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