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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.

Seasons Greetings

We wish all our members and supporters

Happy Holidays

and

Alll the Best for 2018.

We enjoyed 2017, the year we won the Nobel Peace Prize (as a partner of ICAN)

...and we are looking forward to 2018 , when we will be working to harder than ever get Britain signed up to the UN  Global  Ban Treaty. 

 

 

 

Join the Nae Nukes rally, 22 Sep

NAE NUKES ANYWHERE! – International Rally at Faslane 22nd September 2018

Gather at Faslane Peace Camp at 12 noon and walk from the Peace Camp to the North Gate of the base for the rally, a distance of around a mile. The rally should end between 3 and 4 p.m.

The rally will feature speakers from many countries. Confirmed to date are: Sharon Dolev (Israel), Founding director of the Israeli Disarmament Movement, Ekatrina Earsalovna (Russia), Professor of International Relation, Ural Federal University, Anthony Donovan, writer, organiser and documentary maker on peace and disarmament from New York, Emad Kiyaei (Iran), a consultant who provides political, business and civil society leaders with strategic advice in the intersection of political risk, diplomacy and technology, Maaike Beenes (The Netherlands), a young campaigner with PAX in the Netherlands, Members of the People’s Democratic Party (South Korea) who visited Scotland as part of their Peace Expedition, Allison Pytlak (Reaching Critical Will), who was awarded, along with Ray Acheson, the UN Women’s Champion for Change status this year for their advocacy in the campaign for the TPNW and Timmon Wallis (United States) – National Co-ordinator of NuclearBan.US.

If you wish to make a donation for the rally please use the "Donate" button the right side of our website, visit our crowdfunding page here or send a cheque to the Scottish CND office.

As well as the rally itself there will be other events over that weekend to take advantage of the presence of campaigners from far and wide.

Full programme, bus details and other info available here

The aim of the rally is to to highlight the strength of support from many UN member states for Scotland, a country hosting nuclear weapons against its wishes. Scotland is a significant and relatively autonomous part of a nuclear-armed state which opposes its possession of weapons of mass destruction. As things stand we cannot become a party to the new UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons but there are lots of ways in which we can align ourselves to the Treaty. The September rally will be a fine opportunity to mark our determination to do so.

Scotland: A Peace of History

We invite you to celebrate with us!

2018 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the formation of the Scottish ‘Council’ for Nuclear Disarmament. We want to use the occasion to showcase and celebrate our history, whilst also looking to our future. To this end, we are creating a timeline of important actions and events, both from within and out with our movement, spanning over eighty years! We have gratefully received funding from the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund for the timeline project. We hope the final results will be nostalgic, inspiring, and educational.

Launch Event

Sat 15 Dec 2018 12-4pm Mitchell Library, Glasgow

  • 12:30pm - Informal opening ceremony with some brief speeches and some music
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm - An opportunity to view the exhibition which celebrates the 60th anniversary of Scottish CND.

Scottish CND members, supporters and people from the wider Scottish Peace Movement are very welcome to attend the opening and view the exhibition on Saturday 15th December 2018. More information can be found on the Facebook event.

 

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.