Letter: YOUR report on the public safety risks found in an emergency planning exercise of a simulated accident from a road convoy transporting nuclear weapons makes for concerning reading (Safety risks exposed by nuclear bomb convoy exercise in Scotland, June 23). To read of major communication breakdowns and emergency workers not having appropriate safety equipment in the event of a radiation release is concerning to say the least, particularly as it has been a common feature of previous emergency exercises.
The National 27th June 2019 read more »
In June 2016, Longannet power station in Fife was turned into a scene that – if it had been released at that point – would have put people in mind of the HBO series Chernobyl. Operation Astral Climb used real vehicles, fires and actors with special effects makeup to simulate the sort of injuries that could result from the crash of a convoy carrying a nuclear warhead through East Lothian, so that emergency services could practice how they would respond to such a challenging incident. However, investigative journalism website The Ferret recently received a Ministry of Defence assessment that highlighted some significant failings in that emergency response, including breakdowns in communication and inadequate protective equipment.
Edinburgh Live 27th June 2019 read more »
A nuclear convoy exercise showed that Britain isn’t ready for a nuclear accident, according to the Ministry of Defence. The exercise exposed a series of errors that would have resulted in avoidable deaths. The scenario involved a heavy goods vehicle crashing into an armored truck transporting Trident nuclear warheads. The MoD report says “The control operator was unfamiliar with the procedures” and numerous communication problems were highlighted. The police force failed to invite the convoy commander to briefings and missed vital technical knowledge. A breakdown of communication was consolidated by inadequate equipment: “The Police Scotland control room staff reported that it was impossible to understand what was being transmitted by Airwaves from the convoy commander due to him wearing a respirator”.
CNDUK 27th June 2019 read more »
The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) welcomes resolutions passed this week by Edinburgh City Council and Midlothian Council which promotes their support for a nuclear weapons free world. They follow on from resolutions made by other NFLA members as part of campaigns to support the International Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), and to encourage divestment from Council pension fund investments in companies developing nuclear weapons or fossil fuels.
NFLA 27th June 2019 read more »