AWE Aldermaston

Defence written question – answered on 22nd January 2014.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat, North Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when nuclear processing operations recommenced in the main processing building at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, following the Improvement Notice from the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) Improvement Notice issued on 9 November 2012 to AWE plc prohibits nuclear processing operations in the uranium component manufacturing facility until completion of the repairs to structural steel work. The original deadline given by the ONR for completion of the works was 31 December 2013; but the ONR has agreed to extend the deadline to 31 May 2015. Plans for the subsequent re-commencement of processing operations are still being considered.

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