The UK government’s nuclear safety watchdog has criticised the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for hiding efforts to ensure the safety of Britain’s nuclear bomb programme under a cloak of secrecy. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has privately told the MoD that it disagrees with the ministry’s decision to stop publishing annual reports on nuclear weapons safety. There is “a difference in approach” between the two government bodies, ONR told The Ferret. The Scottish National Party (SNP) and campaigners agree with ONR and are calling on the MoD to release the reports, which have previously revealed “regulatory risks” 86 times at Clyde nuclear bases and elsewhere over ten years. The MoD insists, however, that its nuclear programme is “fully accountable”.
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