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New report reveals extent of danger at Burghfield during June 2007 floods

From NIS press release, dated 13 October 2008:

"A new NIS report, 'SWAMPED!' looks at the effects of severe flooding at the top secret Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield in July 2007 when live warhead work was suspended for nine months. The water came close to overwhelming the site, resulting in a ‘near miss’ event and causing long-term disruption to nuclear weapons manufacture.  Floodwater rose to 2 feet, lifting drain covers and cutting off one facility on the site. 84 buildings were affected and virtually every facility within the nuclear warhead area in the factory experienced water ingress, causing widespread damage to infrastructure. 

The NIS report is based on documents released by the Ministry of Defence and the Health and Safety Executive under the Freedom of Information Act which reveal the shocking extent of the flooding and highlight a series of shortfalls in emergency arrangements."

The findings of the report, which can be read in full on the NIS website, were featured on Channel 4 News on 13 October 2008.

See http://nuclearinfo.org for further details