Nuclear Risk: The British Case

September 25, 2014

Things can and do go wrong. Risk in a nuclear weapons enterprise cannot be eliminated.

A survey of regulatory audits and incidents in the UK nuclear weapons complex over just the past few years demonstrates that accidents do occur and that the safety regime can fail or be sub-standard. It shows that this is part of the routine operation of a nuclear weapons complex that includes nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines.

The risk of a very serious ‘normal’ accident is very small, but not zero, as this briefing from ICAN UK partner organisation Article 36 shows.

 



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