The UK government’s nuclear weapons programme is facing 21 technical and logistical risks and could end up costing taxpayers a massive £172 billion, according to a new report. An investigation by the campaign group, Nuclear Information Service (NIS), has uncovered a “perfect storm” of problems besetting plans by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to replace and upgrade nuclear submarines, their reactors and Trident missiles based on the Clyde. Technical difficulties, changing designs, staff shortages and a plethora of other risks could derail what’s now called the UK’s nuclear weapons “enterprise”, causing multiple delays and cost overruns, the report says.
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Report available this afternoon.
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The Office of Nuclear Regulation has announced a decision to prosecute Devonport Royal Dockyard, where Trident submarines are refitted and refuelled, over health and safety breaches. In December it was reported that cranes that lift nuclear fuel at the dockyard had been halted amid a series of safety alerts. It has now emerged that the dockyard had breached crane regulations during work on the HMS Vanguard nuclear weapons submarine in September 2018 when a weight narrowly missed a worker. The case is due to open on 23 July at Plymouth Magistrates Court.
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SCOTTISH nationalists resolved to develop a “roadmap to nuclear disarmament” yesterday, writes Conrad Landin. Delegates voted in favour of a call for a “practical description of the process and timescale to safely remove nuclear weapons” from Scotland if the country votes for independence. They also backed an amendment emphasising that workers at the Faslane and Coulport nuclear bases would remain employed working on conventional naval defences.
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