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AWE today (June 29) welcomes publication of the 2015 CNI Report and the Office for Nuclear Regulation's (ONR) assessment that AWE has made 'safety improvements'.
Delivering safe and secure operations is a core priority for AWE and it fully supports the ONR's focus on continuing open dialogue in support of delivering safety improvements. In response to the CNI report Paul Rees, Head of Environment Safety and Health, said: "We welcome that the report recognises the complexity of our infrastructure and capital projects programme and the increased collaborative working with key stakeholders. AWE continues to enhance its safety standards and this is illustrated by a consistently high level of safety performance."
A key focus for AWE continues to be the replacement of aging infrastructure on both the Aldermaston and Burghfield sites to support our crucial role in national defence.
The ONR has acknowledged our improved arrangements for storing untreated intermediate level waste, and we will work closely with them in developing our long-term waste treatment and storage strategy.
AWE also continues to work closely with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and other organisations that hold nuclear site licences similar to ours, to find a long-term UK wide solution for this waste.
We are continuing to further improve our environmental performance in all aspects of our operations and processes and the quality of AWE's safety cases continues to improve, as does the standard and timelessness of delivery of periodic reviews. AWE is pleased that the ONR has confirmed our Burghfield site remains at a routine level of regulatory attention and acknowledge Aldermaston continues at an enhanced level.
AWE will continue to work closely with the ONR and other regulators to strengthen dialogue and understanding to ensure it delivers fully functional world-class facilities that will enhance the safe capability of the UK nuclear deterrent.