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Nuclear trains at dangerous level crossing


Don't cross now - there's a nuclear train coming

Scottish CND today condemned the transport of highly radioactive nuclear waste  through one of the most dangerous level crossings in Scotland. According to the ABC Railway Guide, the crossing at Stevenston in Ayrshire has a Collective Risk Rating of 3 (Very High).  A busy road crosses the railway track immediately beside Stevenson railway station. 

Nuclear sub damaged in collision near Gibraltar

The Faslane-based nuclear-powered submarine, HMS Ambush was badly damaged when it collided with a merchant ship in the Mediterranean at 1.30 pm on Wednesday 20 July. The vessel then entered Gibraltar under tow. 

The Royal Navy said "There are no safety concerns associated with HMS Ambush being alongside". However any collision with a nuclear submarine has the potential to trigger a major accident, particularly if it results in a fire within the confined space of the vessel. The Navy have said that there was no damage to the nuclear-power plant, but have not indicated whether the reactor was running at the time or whether it was shut down by the incident.

Defense Diversification meeting and debate at Holyrood 8th February 2017

On the 8th February a debate was held at Holyrood about report on Trident and Jobs recently published by the Jimmy Reid foundation 

The debate was followed by a well attending meeting in the parliament, which was attended by Tom Simpson, GMB member, ex arms industry worker and CND supporter.

Tom writes: 

Labour, Green and Scottish National MSPs joined together at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 8th February in support of the Jimmy Reid Foundation call for Trident non renewal and diversification. Many ordinary people were present in the Public gallery and discussed matters later in a committee room with elected representatives.

Hiroshima survivors to visit Scotland as UN nuke ban talks get underway

Two survivors of the US atomic bomb attack on the Japanese city of Hiroshima will visit Scotland as the critical UN negotiations for a nuclear ban treaty enter their third day.

Reiko Yamada and Midori Yamada will visit Scotland next week as part of the Hibakusha 2017 tour. The tour is timed to coincide with the start of the United Nations negotiations on putting a Global Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty in place. These important talks take place after a historic vote in favour of a treaty at the United Nations General Assembly by 123 countries at the end of last year.

These two women were direct witnesses to the horrific consequences of nuclear weapons and their visit to Scotland is very welcome.

Wed 29th of March

The survivors will meet Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and have a tour of the Scottish Parliament.

Thu 30th of March

They will travel to Faslane and Coulport to observe the nuclear bases and will visit Faslane Peace Camp. Members and supporters can join them at the Peace Camp at 3 pm for some tea at the cherry tree planted by a previous Hibakusha visitor thirty years ago.

Serious Coolant Leakage from HMS Trafalgar

There has been a serious leak of coolant fluid from a British nuclear submarine at a dockyard on the Devon - Cornwall border.

The Royal Navy has confirmed up to 280 litres of water, likely to have been contaminated with tritium, poured from a burst hose as it was being pumped from HMS Trafalgar. The submarine was alongside at Devonport, after undergoing routine maintenance.

Ministry of Defence spokespersons have played down the seriousness of the incident. However respected nuclear safety expert, John Large, whose consultancy Large and Associates are well versed on maritime nuclear safety issues said:

� The very fact that it was being transferred to a quayside effluent tank and then would have been put through an radioactive treatment process means it was not in a fit state to be directly discharged into the environment.

If the leak was going on unnoticed, then those workers could have walked into it, spread it and taken it into other non-radioactive and non-controlled areas. �

Stop Iraq War

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Archive on campaigning against the invasion of Iraq in Scotland.

Gates bid to restart RRW

ImageElaine Grossman has reported that US Defence Secretary Robert Gates attempted to revive the Reliable Replacement Warhead project at a meeting in June.  Her sources said that the move was supported by Hilary Clinton, General Cartwright (Joint Chief of Staff) and others but was blocked by Vice President Jo Biden (pictured).  The issue of modernising the US nuclear arsenal is unlikely to go away.

What if it happened here ?

The US have advised all American citizens who are within 50 miles (80 kms) of the Fukushima nuclear accident to evacuate.  This map illustrates what this would mean if it was applied to any of the nuclear sites in Scotland.  Today there are nuclear power stations at Hunterston and Torness.  All British nuclear weapons and most nuclear-powered submarines are based at Faslane.  There is spent nuclear fuel and an operational military reactor at Dounreay. 

The map doesn't illustrate the other areas which could be affected by an accident on a nuclear submarine at sea, anywhere around Scotland, or an accident during the transport of nuclear weapons across the roads of Southern Scotland.

Presentation to SCND AGM 2012

Dr Rebecca Johnson (Director of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy) gave a presentation to Scottish CND's annual conference on 17 November. The presentation was titled: "New International Game Changers: Scotland's Role and Responsibilities". Presentation (7 Mb pdf)