From the Papers

May 2014


Nuclear Safety at Clyde bases “chilling”, according to SNP


An internal Ministry of Defence report detailing more than 260 nuclear safety incidents at the Clyde naval bases in less than five years has been described as “shocking” and “chilling”.

An MoD report on its annual review of safety at the Faslane nuclear submarine base and the Coulport nuclear bomb store in Argyll has been released under Freedom of Information law. Dated September 2012, it discloses how many “nuclear safety events” have occurred in recent years.

Between April 2008 and August 2012 there were 262 such events, most of which were attributed to “human factors”. More than 50 incidents have been logged every year. ….. The report also says “issues relating to the lightning protection system for the Faslane explosives store house have not yet been fully resolved”. It makes several references to other problems caused by shortages of staff and resources.

The Herald, 20.04.14

Marshall Islands sues nine nuclear powers over failure to disarm

The Marshall Islands is suing the nine countries with nuclear weapons at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, arguing they have violated their legal obligation to disarm.

The Pacific chain of islands, including Bikini Atoll, was the site of 67 nuclear tests from 1946 to 1958. The islanders say they have been suffering serious health and environmental effects ever since.

The Guardian, 25.04.2014