700 alerts at nuclear bases
MORE than 700 nuclear safety events have been recorded at Scotland’s nuclear bases, the Ministry of Defence has said.
Defence Minister Stuart Andrew revealed the figures in letters to Nationalist MP Deidre Brock.
A total of 789 nuclear safety events were recorded at HM Naval Base Clyde at Faslane and nearby Royal Naval Armaments Depot Coulport between 2006 and 2018. The majority of the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet is based at Faslane, while nuclear warheads are stored and loaded onto submarines at Coulport.
Mr Andrew said: ‘I would wish to reiterate that the identification and reporting of these low-level events and near misses is actively encouraged... since such data can provide valuable lessons to help avoid more significant events.’
A category A incident took place at Faslane in 2008 when water overflowed from a primary effluent barge.
Category A events have ‘actual or high potential for radioactive release’. Subsequent sampling assessed the release was less than 0.0001 per cent of the base’s approved annual discharge levels.
The MoD also listed two category A incidents at Faslane, in 2006 and 2007.
However, the minister said that in ‘neither event was any radiological contamination evident’.
Miss Brock called it ‘a shocking record of accidents and incidents’.