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Hunting-Brae

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 22 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role and powers of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution concerning the company Hunting-BRAE in respect of the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

HMIP regulates activities at the four AWE sites—Aldermaston, Burghfield, Foulness and Cardiff—in precisely the same manner as it would for any other premises that are subject to relevant legislation, primarily the Radioactive Substances Act 1960 and the Environmental Protection Act 1990. It has the power of access to all AWE sites and can take action to require compliance. Its powers include the ability to bring prosecutions against those formally authorised to make discharges and disposals; in the case of AWE this would be Hunting-BRAE.

The following information has been extracted from the Monthly Weather Report for the latest three years for which complete data are available:
DistrictWettest mmAverage mmDriest mmDays of rainDays of snow fallDays of snow cover
1989:
02,9881,4525442504012
11,373620385190229
21,289584342140132
364252243313592
41,659639522140103
590264445013051
62,5371,427748205257
72,3531,018628175114