Depleted Uranium

In Serbia, during the NATO bombings of 1999 the allied forces used ammunition with depleted uranium. Nearly 20 years on, on Monday, the head of the “Depleted Uranium” association Sveto Nogo said that cancer patients who believe their illness was caused by the uranium remnants will file charges against NATO member states either in September or in October. The statement was made at a two-day conference on the consequences of NATO bombing with the depleted uranium enriched ammunition, with 30 local and international legal, medical technical, atomic physic and ecology experts attending it. The event was held in the southern city of Nis.

Independent Balkan News Agency 19th June 2018 read more »

Posted: 21 June 2018

Nuclear Weapons

PEACE activists from Oxford chained themselves to railings outside Parliament to protest the pace of nuclear weapons talks.

Oxford Mail 20th June 2018 read more »

Morning Star 20th June 2018 read more »

Posted: 21 June 2018

Submarines

Luke Pollard MP for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport. Deal with our nuclear legacy to create jobs, win votes and stop the smears. At the weekend, together with the Conservative MP for Copeland, Trudy Harrison, and the SNP MP for Rosyth, Douglas Chapman, I launched a campaign for our nation’s military nuclear legacy to be dealt with. In a joint letter to Theresa May, Jeremy and other party leaders we asked them to commit to recycle the UK’s legacy and retired Royal Navy submarines. For decades these submarines have defended our nation, carrying torpedoes and missiles. Whatever our view of their role or purpose, it is now time to firmly decide their future. The oldest submarine in Devonport, in the constituency I represent, is 54 years old launched at the height of the Cold War. She now rests patiently waiting for a decision to be made. Successive governments have refused to act. Recycling old submarines is costly and expensive and with the MoD there was always more pressing priorities. But room for new submarines to be stored has now run out and a clear timetable and funding for a full dismantling and recycling programme is needed. That’s why we have called for a political consensus to recycle these old submarines and to use the principles of the civil nuclear decommissioning agency – allocating additional funding to its work to cover nuclear submarines. The taxpayer is paying to clean up the old nuclear power stations around the nation and rightly so. But to date, that same funding stream, an unlimited liability set out in law, has not extended to old nuclear submarines and it needs to.

Labour List 16th June 2018 read more »

Posted: 18 June 2018

Nuclear Testing

The Montebello Islands remain a nuclear radiation risk more than half a century after British bomb tests in the area, yet increasing numbers of people are risking their health by straying too close to the danger zones and even camping there. There are more than 260 islands and islets in the Montebellos, which lie about 120 kilometres off the coast of Dampier in north-west Western Australia. They are only accessible by boat and are rich in natural marine diversity and human history.

ABC News 16th June 2018 read more »

Posted: 17 June 2018

Submarines

The Prime Minister is being urged to back a new plan to dispose of the 13 clapped-out nuclear subs cluttering Devonport dockyard – and create jobs for the city in the process. City Labour MP Luke Pollard has written to Theresa May, and copied in all other party leaders, asking her to support his idea to pay for the disposal – and recycling – of the retired subs by raiding the coffers of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) rather than the cash-strapped Ministry of Defence. Mr Pollard, Sutton and Devonport MP, is part of a cross-party task force – including Tory Trudy Harrison and the SNP’s Douglas Chapman – seeking a solution to a problem which has bedeviled the dockyards at Devonport and Rosyth, in Scotland, for years. There are 13 redundant nuke boats in Devonport and seven tied up in Rosyth. There is no danger to the public from storing them at the yards – but they are taking up vital space. And with three Trafalgar-class subs due to come out of service by the early 2020s, and four Vanguard-class boats being pensioned off in the early 2030s, Mr Pollard said the clock is ticking and space needs to be freed up.

Plymouth Herald 17th June 2018 read more »

Posted: 17 June 2018

Proliferation

There are nine nuclear weapon states, and of the nine, four have not signed the NPT; Pakistan, Israel, India, and North Korea withdrew from the treaty. These four states are referred to as non-NPT nuclear weapon states. Pakistan, one of these nine states worldwide to possess nuclear weapons, aspires to be a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), an association of 48 nations that oversees the international trade of atomic and atomic-related materials and technologies with a shared commitment to global nonproliferation. Although not a signatory of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) or the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), the country’s experience in civil nuclear program warrants attention of the NSG. Lt Gen Mazhar Jamil, former director general of the Strategic Plans Division (SPD), said that there is a concern that the non-proliferation regime is becoming increasingly politicised and discriminatory. Despite these abnormalities in the nuclear order, Pakistan remains positively engaged. Reportedly, India is not considering any proposal to sign the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT) as a precondition for joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). However, the US is spearheading India’s campaign for inclusion in the group and contends that after attaining membership of other multilateral export control regimes like Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Australia Group, and Wassenaar Agreement, India’s case is ripe for membership.

The Nation 14th June 2018 read more »

Posted: 16 June 2018

Trident

Trident nuclear sites at risk due to ‘exodus’ of Ministry of Defence police.

Telegraph 14th June 2018 read more »

Posted: 15 June 2018

Faslane

The security of military sites including the Faslane naval base are at “significant risk” amid a staffing shortfall in the Ministry of Defence Police, according to a leading officer. Chairman of the Defence Police Federation (DPF) Eamon Keating will use a speech today to say that officers in the force feel “unwanted and devalued”, with morale lower than ever, after cuts that have seen the workforce shrink by more than 30 per cent. He will tell the group’s annual conference that members are paid less than those in other police forces and are expected to work up to eight years longer, that there is currently a shortfall of 200 officers and that “savings rather than risk are the priority”. Mr Keating will say: “The consequences of a successful attack on an MoD site within the UK hardly bears contemplation. “Notwithstanding the potential – even likely – loss of life, an attack could mean the destruction, or rendering unserviceable, of weapons and assets needed by our armed forces, meaning military strategy and ability to protect our nation would be compromised.

Scotsman 14th June 2018 read more »

Posted: 14 June 2018

Nuclear Weapons

Nations with huge nuclear arsenals are wasting their money because just 100 missiles would be enough to destabilise the globe and kill their own citizens, scientists have said. Britain currently possesses approximately 215 warheads of around 15,000 worldwide, the vast majority of which are American or Russian. But researchers have determined that no nation could fire more than 100 without causing a chain of events so catastrophic the impacts are felt at home.

Telegraph 13th June 2018 read more »

Posted: 14 June 2018

Submarines

Government urged to fund study into consequence of coastal erosion on nuclear submarines. CALLS have been made for the government to fund a study into the potential threat to nuclear submarines gaining access to the open sea if Walney Channel becomes caked with mud as a consequence of extreme coastal erosion.

NW Evening Mail 12th June 2018 read more »

Posted: 13 June 2018