NAG emerged as a result of widespread concerns within local communities about the safety and impact of operations at the Atomic Weapons Establishments at Aldermaston and Burghfield. In March 1993, following the publication of the Greenpeace report ‘Inside the Citadel’ which exposed a catalogue of accidents and errors at Aldermaston, Reading Borough Council decided to organise a two-day community inquiry at Reading Civic Centre into the local impacts of AWE.
Welcome to Nuclear Awareness Group
This has been a challenging year.
We drew the attention of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee to the effects a replacement Trident programme could have on the health and safety of the local population, but to no avail. We have been watching the preparatory build-up at AWE Aldermaston for some time.
We continue to monitor AWE Planning applications, mostly having to draw attention to the gaps in the accompanying Environmental Impact Assessments, which treat soil and groundwater contamination as something that can be worried about as the foundation earthwork progresses. We also raised traffic-related concerns over the new office accommodation proposals. The good news is that the plan to build 237 homes at Paices Hill have been withdrawn, and Kennet Valley Park, a proposed 7,500 home – and amenity estate just outside the evacuation zone for AWE Burghfield, is being re-thought.
TUESDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2007
7pm Civic Centre, Reading
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Speaker: Brett Dyson
Emergency Planning Office for Reading
7pm Wednesday 10th October 2007
in The Kennet Room
WEDNESDAY 11TH JULY 2007
(please note altered date)
7pm Civic Centre, Reading
Decision Document and Authorisation Notice Application by AWE plc under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 for a variation to its authorisations to dispose of radioactive waste from the Atomic Weapons Establishments
If you usually debate an issue first, and make recommendations to be voted on afterwards, this is not the way the contentious issue of replacing Trident is being handled. It has been obvious to anyone observing what is happening on the ground and at the West Berkshire Council’s Planning Committee meetings, that AWE have not been preparing for a possibility that the decision might be to stop manufacturing new warheads.
This is an explanation of the technical methods used to determine an Emergency Planning Zone around nuclear installations. It is based on notes made at a presentation to NAG by Nigel Holloway, a former AWE employee, in September 2001