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.
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
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
We are pleased that these discharges are currently at a very low level. However, we are aware that this may not be a permanent state of affairs, and therefore suggest that limits for disposal of alpha emitters to air are retained for future radioactive waste disposal authorisations for AWE.
The basic principle needs to be that the polluter pays - the production of radioactive waste involves responsibility for its long-term storage. Any subsidies from the taxpayer should be dealt with on a justification basis