In late January it was announced that the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) have applied to the Environment Agency to increase the quantity of volatile beta emitters that AWE Aldermaston is allowed to release into the environment. AWE are currently allowed to release 4.4 MegaBecquerels (MBq) of volatile beta emitters into the air as gas every year and they have applied to increase their limit to 100 MBq a year. This would be an increase of 22 times, or 2200%. The environment agency is running a consultation on AWE’s application, which closes on the 22nd February.
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