AWE's sites in Berkshire are going to remain under extra scrutiny, as concerns surrounding safety continue.
The Office for Nuclear Regulation has confirmed it's going to carry out regular checks on the work being done in Aldermaston and Burghfield until at least 2021.
In response the nuclear weapons factory says it's working hard to increase standards - and to address the challenges its facing.
In its report, the ONR states:
‘Recognising that AWE has a programme of work in place to improve safety performance, the nature of improvements required, and the time they will take to deliver and embed, the AWE sites will remain under enhanced regulatory attention until we are satisfied that sufficient progress has been demonstrated. Maintaining its current trajectory, we expect that AWE should be in a position to demonstrate evidence to support a move into routine regulatory attention during 2021.’
Paul Rees, AWE’s Director of Environment, Safety and Health, said:
“While we acknowledge that short-term challenges remain, the progress we are making in some areas demonstrates our strong commitment to improving safety and regulatory compliance.
“Achieving the highest standards in safety performance is a priority for everyone at AWE and we will continue to work closely with our regulators to achieve this.”