The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has required immediate safety changes to be put in place at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE). If sufficient progress is not made on reducing risk at the facility, the ONR has said that operations may need to stop altogether. There has been a series of announcements related to safety concerns at AWE, including the ONR placing the Aldermaston and Burghfield facilities into special measures. This is the sixth consecutive year that Aldermaston has been in special measures, and the third year in a row for the Burghfield site. AWE said after being put into special measures, an investigation was undertaken. A spokesperson for AWE said: “AWE has co-operated fully with the ONR’s independent investigation into this incident.
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