- City's residents shocked and outraged.
- The operator of a secret nuclear fuel plant in the heart
of one of Britain's major cities has confirmed that it had been told to
address serious safety flaws.
- In March this year a report by the Nuclear Installations
Inspectorate (NII) criticised the safety procedures at the Rolls-Royce
plant in Raynesway, Derby.
- The plant, which processes radioactive material for the
Ministry of Defence, carries out work similar to that at the Tokaimura
plant in Japan which was at the centre of a "critical" radiation
leak last month.
- Rolls-Royce has always said that the marine power division
at Raynesway makes propulsion systems for nuclear submarines, but the delicate
and dangerous operation of processing highly enriched uranium was classified
- The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament said, after the
accident in Japan, that it was contacted by workers at the Derby plant
who feared a similar disaster.
- They told CND that the Rolls-Royce plant had no facility
for containing radiation if a serious accident occurred and that there
was no off-site emergency plan to deal with a nuclear accident.
- A spokesman for Rolls-Royce said that the NII, which
is part of the Heath and Safety Executive (HSE), did find flaws in its
- He said: "We have now clarified the position, changed
our procedures and practised them three times.
- "Last week we had an emergency exercise involving
the emergency services which was observed by the NII. Afterwards, the NII
said it was now satisfied with our procedures."
- A spokeswoman for the HSE confirmed that there had been
safety concerns at the plant, but would not say what they were.