The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has taken seven years to conduct a review of the risks of nuclear bomb convoys despite being told by its internal watchdog that the matter was “urgent”. In 2011 the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator (DNSR) required the MoD to review its emergency “public protection zones” should a convoy crash and leak radioactivity. MoD plans assume that people within 600 metres will be evacuated while communities within five kilometres will be advised to stay indoors. But the MoD has now admitted it is only expecting the review “to be fully closed out by the end of the year.” The existing evacuation and shelter zones did not need to be changed, it said. The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) group was alarmed by the MoD’s delay in completing the review of public protection zones. “I remain really concerned that there will be a serious accident or incident with these convoys, given ageing vehicles and the increased traffic on our major roads,’ said NFLA Scotland convener, Glasgow SNP councillor, Feargal Dalton. “The ever growing secrecy around such convoys suggests the UK Government may have something to hide. The convoys are an ongoing danger to the public and we all need to know that they are safe.”
The Ferret 3rd July 2018 read more »
Council to write to Minister for Defence about nuclear convoys in Midlothian to ask whether or not there are emergency plans in place for nuclear convoys travelling through the county. This follows an SNP motion by councillors Dianne Alexander and Debbi McCall at last week’s full council meeting for the local authority to write to Gavin Williamson to ask what measures are in place to safeguard the people of Midlothian should the convoys carrying nuclear weapons, fuel and waste, through the area be involved in an emergency incident which would endanger local people.
Midlothian Advertiser 4th July 2018 read more »