Nuclear History

Documents detailing history of Scotland’s nuclear industry suddenly removed from public archives. Hundreds of files revealing the history of Scotland’s nuclear industry – including details of accidents and safety reviews – are among documents suddenly withdrawn from public view. Documents that were previously public at the National Archives in Kew are being withheld after a “security review” was ordered last month. The papers covered a range of topics on Britain’s nuclear weapons and atomic energy programmes, including reports of nuclear weapons testing carried out in Australia during the 1950s and 1960s. They include hundreds of archive papers relating to nuclear power plants Dounreay in Caithness and Chapelcross in Dumfries and Galloway, and the Hunterston A and Hunterston B power stations in Ayrshire. Researchers said they had been left in the dark over the reasons why the files had been withdrawn. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which has responsibility for the files, has said a security review is being carried out in conjunction with defence officials to look at whether it is “appropriate” the documents remain publicly accessible. However, no timescale has been given for when this will be complete.

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Published: 11 February 2019