The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has been fined £660,000 after a flashover of electricity from a 415V source narrowly avoided a demolition contractor. The prosecution by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) was brought following an incident at AWE’s Aldermaston site on 20 June 2019.
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Plans to build a new “garden town” could be scrapped over concerns about a potential nuclear emergency. The proposed 15,000-home development in Grazeley is within a couple of miles of nuclear weapons factory AWE Burghfield. The Office for Nuclear Regulation has extended a “detailed emergency planning zone” (DEPZ) for the plant, taking in most of the site earmarked for homes. That means anyone living in the zone could be affected by a “reasonably foreseeable” radiation emergency. Three Berkshire councils that have worked jointly on the plans are now considering shelving the project, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS).
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