About N-base


About the original contributors & trustees

What was the N-BASE Information Service ?

The N-Base Information Service is provided by NENIG - the Northern European Nuclear Information Group - and the N-Base Trust, an environmental charity, registered in Scotland.

Both organisations are based in the Shetland Islands of Scotland and provide information on the nuclear industry and its environmental consequences, particularly reprocessing at Dounreay and Sellafield, nuclear transports, waste production and storage, marine pollution and other related issues.

N-BASE Briefings - nuclear news and analysis

N-BASE Briefings are the only regular publication examining the Scottish and UK civil nuclear industry. The N-BASE Briefings provide weekly information on the civil nuclear industry, in particular the reprocessing industry at Dounreay and Sellafield, nuclear waste management, nuclear transports, radioactive marine pollution and associated issues including inter-governmental marine pollution conventions, especially concerning the North Sea and North Atlantic.

The Briefings concentrated on the UK but include information from Scandinavia, Europe and further afield, especially if there was a link to the UK. Some non-nuclear issues were covered again where there was a link back to the main topics - such as cancer and possible links to using mobile phones.

N-BASE Briefings were published by e-mail every 7-10 days. A backcopy copy could often be viewed - or you were able to request three free trial copies of the Briefings to be e-mailed to you. Archive Briefings could be searched or viewed here

In Brief

Their History in Brief

The NENIG folk
their story

The Northern European Nuclear Information Group (NENIG) was founded in 1987 after an international conference in Shetland on the threats to the North Sea and North Atlantic from the reprocessing plant and fast reactor at Dounreay, on the north coast of Scotland, and plans for a major expansion of the reprocessing plant.

The conference was attended by over 200 delegates from 10 countries and it became clear from delegates from countries bordering the North Sea and North Atlantic that they found it very difficult to get up-to-date and reliable information on developments at Dounreay and other UK nuclear issues, such as the Sellafield reprocessing plant which is responsible for the vast majority of the radioactivity discharged into the environment in northern Europe.

It was recognised the Nordic communities shared common seas with Shetland and Orkney and faced a common threat from the UK nuclear industry, and Dounreay and Sellafield in particular. NENIG was therefore established to provide a source of information for governments, environmental organisations, political parties, the fishing industry, trades unions and other interested bodies in the Nordic countries.

What was

NENIG was organised by a small group of islanders and is totally independent and non-party political. NENIG built up extensive contacts in governments, environmental organisations, political parties, fishing industry, and the media in the Nordic countries, the EC, European Parliament and international marine pollution conventions. NENIG works closely with the UK Member of Parliament for Orkney and Shetland, Mr Jim Wallace MP (who is also the Justice Minister in the Scottish Executive and Member of the Scottish Parliament for Orkney), Tavish Scott MSP for Shetland and with other MSPs and MPs of various political parties in Europe and Scandinavia, KIMO, the international environmental organisation of local authorities, and the Nuclear Free Local Authorities in the UK.

Since its formation NENIG received financial assistance from a number of sources, including the Faroese Government, the Icelandic Government, the Faroese Fishermen's Association, Shetland Salmon Farmers' Association, Greenpeace International and Shetland Islands Council - the latter being the principal funder in recent years together with subscription income.

However, this appears to have not been enough to support them as the original site lapsed some time ago.