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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.

We are hiring

                                                     

Scottish CND is looking for a part time Administrative Assistant, based in our Glasgow office. 

Hours: 16 hours a week 

Salary: £16, 861/year pro rata (£10.04 / hour) + 6% pension contribution

Purpose of the Role

  • Assisting with the clerical and administrative work of Scottish CND:
  • Processing membership applications and renewals;
  • Maintaining databases of members and supporters;
  • Dealing with payments, orders and stock for the online shop;
  • Processing invoices and donations;
  • Responding to enquiries;
  • Responding to correspondence;
  • Occasional minute taking;
  • Assisting with other office administrative tasks as required by the SCND Organiser.

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Application deadline Friday 2nd of June 2017.  Shortlisted candidates will be approached by 12th of June for interviews on Monday 3rd of July.

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  1. The application form - Download here
  2. Your CV. 
  3. The Equal Opportunities form (this is voluntary) - Download here

(Please save the application form and your CV with your surname in the title, e.g. Smith application.doc, Smith CV.doc)

If you want to ask any questions before submitting your application, phone 0141 357 1529. We will be happy to talk to you.

 

Keith Bovey RIP

We are sorry to hear of the death of  Bovey formerly a senior activist in Scottish CND. Keith made a very significant to Scottish CND and the wider Scottish peace movement.
Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
Funeral Arrangements:
 
Private family committal service at Corstorphine Hill Cemetery, followed by a funeral service on Monday, June 26, at the Braid Hills Hotel, Edinburgh EH10 6JD commencing at 11.30 am, to which all family and friends are respectfully invited.

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

Information on campaigning against the war in Iraq is available at:Image

Stop the War Coalition (London)

Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition

 

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)