More than 350 cracks have been discovered in an ageing nuclear power reactor at Hunterston in North Ayrshire, breaching an agreed safety limit and prompting calls for a permanent shutdown.
The Ministry of Defence has come under fierce fire after refusing to reveal the official safety ratings given by its watchdog for the Trident nuclear weapons system on the Clyde.
New cracks have been discovered in one of Scotland’s ageing nuclear reactors, raising radiation safety fears and resulting in a prolonged shutdown.
UK government plans for new Trident submarine reactors are under threat from staff shortages and spending cuts.
The Ministry of Defence has censored official warnings about the safety of the Trident nuclear weapons system based on the Clyde.
The nuclear industry is bidding to relax safety standards by doubling the number of cracks allowed in the radioactive cores of Scotland’s ageing reactors.
Trident submariners were guilty of a “prolonged and repeated failure” to understand and control reactor risks at the Faslane nuclear base on the Clyde.
Safety fears have been raised about planes carrying nuclear weapons ingredients such as tritium, plutonium and enriched uranium over the UK.
Mock nuclear accident tests involving the emergency services have revealed life-threatening delays, equipment shortages, and communication breakdowns.