Nuclear Awareness Group (NAG) has criticised the government's nuclear safety watchdog for refusing to explain why a Berkshire factory which manufactures the UK's nuclear weapons has not been prosecuted for treating its radioactive waste – despite having clearly broken the law.
Nuclear Awareness Group has written to the government's nuclear safety regulator to ask why the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) will not be prosecuted for failing to treat radioactive waste stocks which have accumulated at its Aldermaston site – even though the company defied a legally binding instruction by missing a deadline to deal with the waste.
At a meeting on 29th April organised jointly by NAG and Reading Friends of the Earth, guest speaker Pete Wilkinson gave a talk about the health impacts of low level radiation and the campaign to get the nuclear industry and governments to recognise these impacts. A copy of the presentation given by Pete is available for download below:
Low level radiation: A local, national, and international issue
Public meeting with Pete Wilkinson (Director, Nuclear Information Service Committee on Radioactive Waste Management 2003 – 2006 Adviser to the Office of Nuclear Regulation)
All welcome - Admission free
7.00 pm Wednesday 29th April
Reading International Solidarity Centre
35 – 39 London Street, Reading, RG1 4PS
Organised by Reading Friends of the Earth and Nuclear Awareness Group
Much of our recent work has been about highlighting the potential risks from low-level radiation. This video, presented by Dr Jeffrey Patterson of Physicians for Social Responsibility, gives an excellent overview of some of the issues associated with low-level radiation.
NAG has submitted an objection to the 'Project Hydrus' planning application at the Atomic Weapons Establishment. The application is expected to be determined by West Berkshire Council on 29th September 2010.
NAG has written to the Planning Inspector who will be conducting the Boundary Hall public inquiry to give our views on development in the vicinity of Atomic Weapons Establishment sites. Public safety must come first, according to NAG, and the Inspector should turn down the application for a proposed housing development close to the AWE Aldermaston perimeter fence on the Boundary Hall site. To read more about our views and find out how you can submit your views to the inquiry please click on the link above.
Our special guest at our spring 2010 meeting was Dr Ian Fairlie, an independent concultation on radiation and the environment. Dr Fairlie spoke about the German KiKK study into the relationship between childhood cancers and nuclear power stations, and also the risks posed by radioactive tritium. Click on the link above to find out more.