Scottish CND     magazine
Michael Portillo recently made a gaffe. He claimed that the old submarines would be cut up into small pieces and put into a nuclear waste store in Cumbria - only to be told by NIREX that the new store would probably not be ready on time, if it ever goes ahead at all. Scotland on Sunday obtained documents which show that the Ministry of Defence still doesn't know what to do with Polaris and the other radioactive hulks. They are exploring a number of alternatives, meanwhile the reactor compartments are "stored afloat". "Storage afloat" means tying up the submarines alongside at Rosyth while they think about what on earth they are going to do with them. The oldest British nuclear powered submarine, HMS Dreadnought, has already been sitting there for 14 years, during which time she has been joined by 6 others.
The fact that they haven't a clue what to do with nuclear waste isn't stopping the Ministry from building more submarines, far from it. The fourth Trident submarine is under construction at Barrow and orders are being placed for five more conventionally armed but nuclear powered submarines. Where will these all end up - need we ask ? (John Ainslie)
Scottish CND      magazine