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Scottish CND Push for Transparency after 505 safety incidents revealed at Faslane

 

Scottish CND push for transparency around the Annual Nuclear Safety Reports from the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator which have recently been censored by the Ministry of Defence.

The Ferret (an independent non-profit media cooperative in Scotland) published a letter from Stuart Andrew, defence minister yesterday revealing 505 safety incidents at the Faslane naval base in the last 12 years (over 200 in the last four years). Many of these incidents involved the Trident submarines which carry Britain's nuclear weapons. 

The article states that 23 incidents were catergorised as having a 'high potential' for leaking radioactivity into the environment or within a submarine or building. Some 148 incidents were said to have a 'moderate potential for future release or exposure'. 

Nuclear Waste Storage Costs Escalate

leftPlans to store nuclear waste have hit a snag with the need of  another waste repository involving a massive escalation in cost.

Ministers insist they still expect only one high-level geological disposal facility (GDF) will be needed at a possible cost of �12bn but a discussion paper produced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) indicates a second cannot be ruled out.

Obama on nuclear weapons

In his inauguration speech on 20 January President Barack Obama said:

 

"With old friends and former foes, we'll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat"

 

Scottish CND Chair Alan Mackinnon has written two articles on the impact the new administration could have on nuclear disarmament.

A Seismic Shift

Georgia showed the limits of US power and the beginning of a new multi-polar world. What happened next will be seen as a key moment in world history which changed the entire geo-strategic balance.

Letter From America

In our very first Letter from America 2 years ago we asserted that petrol in the US was “heading toward $4 a US gallon” – a price that was reached in the UK about 10 years ago, and triple what prices were in the US just 6 years ago.

Report from NPT 3 May

Alan Mackinnon reports from NPT Conference New York -

Yesterday tens of thousands of people filled the streets of New York to demand a world free from nuclear weapons and war. In brilliant sunshine and temperatures of over 30 degrees, the demonstrators from across the world were warmly greeted by local people. The demonstration marks the start of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference which starts on Monday 3rd May.

Watchdog questions defence nuclear safety

A report release under the Freedom of Information Act reveals major failings in the management of nuclear safety within the Ministry of Defence.  Rear Admiral Gould, chair of the MoD's safety board, identified 11 potential safety risks at sites including Faslane.  One issue was a shortage of suitably trained staff.  Gould pointed out that the MoD's response to change was "generally poor and significantly below best practice in the civil nuclear programmes".  Reported by Rob Edwards in the Guardian.

Scottish CND statement on North Korea Crisis


The current tensions between North Korea and the US continue to give concern.

Scottish CND take a firm view that diplomacy is the best way forward.

Arthur West chair of Scottish CND said,

'Donald Trump needs to think before he speaks.

'As former US Vice President Al Gore said he needs to listen to those sensible voices who are urging diplomacy and restraint in this difficult situation.'

Statement from Scottish CND on UDT Conference

  The Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) event will take place at the Scottish Event Centre in Glasgow between 26th and 28th June 2018. Glasgow Life are a charity that organises cultural events on behalf of Glasgow City Council and are actively campaigning for this arms trade event to be held in the city. Scottish CND is disappointed in Glasgow City Council for supporting the conference, Arthur West (chair) continues:

 

 "It is even more troubling that some of the companies who are supporting this event may have links with the Trident nuclear weapons replacement programme. This replacement project is opposed by a clear majority of Scotland's politicians and the Scottish public.”

 

It is believed that this event is run by Clarion Events who arrange a huge Arms Fair in London every two years and this in itself should raise alarm bells about the nature of this event. “A public body should not be endorsing events that promote nuclear weapons and war and Glasgow Life have some questions to answer as to why they think it is reasonable to help house this type of unsavoury event in Scotland’s largest city.

Secret Contract for Sellafield Waste

left A WELSH Labour MP has accused the UK Government of covering up a deal that will land taxpayers with a multi-billion- pound liability in the event of a nuclear accident while a private consortium will reap the profits.

Newport West MP Paul Flynn discovered that details of a contract to privatise the management of waste from the controversial Sellafield nuclear power station in Cumbria should have been placed in the House of Commons library in July. If they had been, MPs would have had 14 days in which to raise questions about the deal.

In fact, the contract was not put into the library until last week, by which time the opportunity to scrutinise it had gone.