A ruling allowing the Ministry of Defence to keep nuclear safety problems secret has been condemned as a threat to democracy, with “devastating” accident risks.
Nuclear bomb sites across the UK have fire safety problems as well as shortages of safety regulators and engineers, according to a Ministry of Defence report.
Staff shortages have prevented an official watchdog from completing all “essential tasks” to ensure the safety of the UK nuclear weapons programme, according to a previously confidential Ministry of Defence report.
The UK government’s nuclear safety watchdog has criticised the Ministry of Defence for hiding efforts to ensure the safety of Britain’s nuclear bomb programme under a cloak of secrecy.
The Ministry of Defence has recorded more than 500 safety mishaps with nuclear submarines on the Clyde since 2006 - half of them in the last four years.
The Ministry of Defence has been formally reprimanded by its internal safety regulator for five nuclear safety breaches, according to documents seen by The Ferret.
The Ministry of Defence has failed to complete a review of the public hazards of nuclear bomb convoys despite being told by its watchdog in 2011 it was urgent.
The Ministry of Defence has censored official warnings about the safety of the Trident nuclear weapons system based on the Clyde.
New safety fears over 10-year failure to recruit enough skilled and experienced staff to work on UK nuclear weapons and submarines.