Call for Warning Signs on Cumbrian Beaches

Radioactive Particles on Cumbrian Beaches - More Please?

Radioactive Particles on Cumbrian Beaches – More Please?

Nuclear Free Local Authorities  calls on Public Health England and the Environment Agency to fully investigate new radioactive particles found on beaches close to Sellafield

The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) calls today on public health bodies to investigate and analyse further recent deposits of radioactive particles found on beaches close to Sellafield. It also calls on the same agencies to urgently consider asking the local Council to put warning signs on Seascale beach as an interim contingency public safety measure.

NFLA welcomes the media release from Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment, which notes a Sellafield Ltd announcement of „two unusual finds‟ on West Cumbrian beaches in May and June 2014. NFLA echoes CORE‟s call for Public Health England to not just fully analyse them, but consider interim precautionary measures for local communities using the beaches. NFLA also plans to discuss this matter with the marine pollution group KIMO International, in order to raise these issues at the Inter-governmental OSPAR Radiation Substances Committee, which meets in the new year. (1)

As CORE note, a radioactively contaminated stone found in May 2014 tested with the highest level of Caesium 137 ever discovered since the current Sellafield monitoring programme began. This was followed in June 2014 by the discovery of a radioactive particle on the publicly accessible beach at Seascale with a radioactive contact dose rate of 2.8 milliSieverts per hour (mSv/hr). This is almost three times higher than the statutory public dose limit for a whole year (1 milliSievert per year).

As CORE note:
“Comprised of Caesium-137, Americium-241, Europium-154 & 155 and probably Strontium-90, the particle has been described by the Environment Agency (EA) as „being unusual as it was emitting mainly beta rather than gamma radiation‟.”

NFLA is surprised, to say the least, that – despite taking advice from the Environment Agency – Public Health England (PHE) has responded that, whilst the radioactive particle did not pose a greater risk from ingestion than those found to date, ‟the skin dose rate is at or around the value at which their risk assessment should be reviewed‟. Yet, after further analysis of the particle, PHE has advised the Environment Agency that the finding of the Seascale particle cannot in itself represent a substantial public health risk. It calls instead for a reassessment of monitoring capabilities for particles of this type and a review of alternative monitoring techniques.

NFLA believe that the health and environment agencies should be asking the local Council to put warning signs out now on the Seascale beach as an interim contingency measure, rather than simply taking additional time for further assessments and research. If such radioactive particles are being found on the beach that are above public safe dose levels, surely warning signs have to be the priority in the short-term, whilst more detailed research can be undertaken for a later date?

The first priority has to be the protection of the public from harm, and these recent radiation levels suggest the beaches around Sellafield could pose a public health risk. How many other particles with such levels of dangerous radioactivity exist in the area, and are they travelling even greater distances? Where do they derive from? Such data is critically needed. NFLA also calls on the Department of Health‟s independent Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) to prioritise urgent and comprehensive health research for areas around the likes of Sellafield in Cumbria and Dounreay in Caithness, in which the greatest concern remains.

NFLA Chair Councillor Mark Hackett said:
“I am concerned that a radioactive particle almost three times the safe annual public dose is being found on a public beach close to the Sellafield site. Are these one off events, or as with Dalgety Bay and Dounreay, are many more particles going to be found shortly? Surely warning signs need to be set up on Seascale beach to inform the public of the potential dangers of such radioactive particles as an interim contingency measure until research is fully completed as to the potential health effects of such particles. It is fine to do more research, but it should not mean that we wait around for its findings before taking sensible, precautionary measures now.”

NFLA All Ireland Forum Chair Councillor Mark Dearey added:
“Many Irish coastal communities have been worried for decades over the health impacts of radioactive discharges derived from sites like Sellafield. To hear that radioactive particles are being found on Cumbrian beaches at such high dose levels is alarming to me. Are such particles reaching Irish shores? I call on public health bodies and the Radiological Institute of Ireland to urgently analyse the Irish coastline to investigate whether such particles are ending up near our seaside towns and cities.”

Nuclear Free Local Authorities call on Public Health England

 

‘Nuclear Madness’ Protest at Carlisle Railway Station

 

Nuclear Madness protest held at Carlisle Station

 

Gallery of Pictures from today’s demo

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MANY THANKS to everyone who came along today to sing “Trains and boats and Planes , are bringing nuclear waste to my home…”

We sang to show our solidarity with all the other groups throughout the UK in Wigan, Brixton, Bristol, Warrington, Lancaster and elsewhere who have taken part in this coordinated action to oppose nuclear trains.  Nuclear trains pass through Carlisle station often  twice a week,  three flasks carry radioactivity which is the equivalent of the Hiroshima bomb.

100 people also stopped to sign a letter to Cumbria and Lancashire County Council regarding the lack of independent radiation monitoring .

The letter says:

Dear Cumbria and Lancashire County Council,

 

RADIATION RELEASES TO THE ENVIRONMENT

The North West’s environment used to be independently monitored by the council run Radiation Monitoring in Lancashire, RADMIL.

RADMIL was stopped a few years ago due to council cuts.  The Environment Agency often leaves monitoring and reporting to the nuclear industry

The nuclear industry and government’s new build plan includes:

Manufacture of fuel for new reactors. This begins with uranium hexafluoride shipped to Ellesmere Port, then to Capenhurst, Near Chester. Then on to Preston’s Springfields plant. Proposed new nuclear build on greenfields in Cumbria would also mean escalating radioactive releases from fuel manufacture.

This means radioactively polluting the River Ribble and Clifton Marsh Landfill in Lancashire. And in Cumbria increasing releases to the Irish Sea, Lillyhall landfill and previously nuclear free areas!   Nuclear materials are routinely sent by train and road and even by plane.

Given this escalation in radioactive emissions we urge you to reinstate regular and frequent independent radiation monitoring in Cumbria and Lancashire

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Name

 

Address

 

Nuclear industry must be worried, when top UK atomic advocate suggests renewables are a better bet!

mariannewildart:

The man largely responsible for successive governmental pro nuclear policy now says “nuclear may not be needed” Meanwhile the earth is being ripped out at Hinkley, and in Cumbria in preperation for dangerous new build. The madness should stop Now !

Originally posted on nuclear-news:

King,-Sir-DavidNuclear power may not be needed, says top atomic advocate,Telegraph, UK, 22 Nov 14   Sir David King, former chief scientist and champion of the nuclear newbuild, says the top priority must be to develop storage for renewable energy, reports Geoffrey Lean   ……. I was riveted as  Prof Sir David King, the former government Chief scientist,ranged over subjects from population growth to water resources, the growth of cities to commodity prices, spewing out new information and insights.

But while he said a lot about the promise of renewable energy, he said almost nothing about nuclear power – despite for long having been one of its foremost and most influential advocates in Britain, describing it, for example, as a “massive economic opportunity” for the country.

So I got up and asked him about it, expecting the same pro-nuclear response as I had heard from him many times before. Instead he amazed me…

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Demo at Carlisle Railway: From Darkest Peru to Darkest Cumbria – Stop Nuclear Madness!

mariannewildart:

Join us on Monday. Meet outside Carlisle Railway Station for 11am . All over the country demonstrations against nuclear waste transports are taking place….this was yesterday at Bristol, they have set the musical bar high for this version of Trains and Boats and Planes!

Please come along, bring yourselves, we will be singing “Trains and Boats and Planes”. Bring Music…. We could do with some backing… Some of us sound like Hilda Ogden so please come along and help us sing the song

Originally posted on Radiation Free Lakeland:

From Darkest Peru to Darkest Cumbria - Stop Nuclear Madness!

From Darkest Peru to Darkest Cumbria – Stop Nuclear Madness!

Radiation Free Lakeland will be holding a demonstration and leafletting at Carlisle Railway Station on Monday 24th November from 11am to 1pm – Please come and join us 

This demonstration in Carlisle coincides with a week of actions at train stations throughout the UK  by groups and concerned citizens including in Wigan, Warrington Bridgwater, Chester  and Lancaster to oppose the continued transport of radioactive materials by train..

What Continued Nuclear Madness Means to the North West:

1. Drives the push for uranium mining worldwide eg. Peru (being aggressively eyed up) , The Grand Canyon USA, Niger, Australia, Russia

2.Uranium arrives at Ellesmere Port Dock by ship where it is transported by road to Capenhurst. It is enriched at Capenhurst and then taken again by road to the Springfields fuel rod conversion plant near Preston. During all these processes…

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The Atomic Weapons Establishment Funds almost Half of UK Universities

Originally posted on Mining Awareness Plus:

Related post re US: http://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/we-thought-the-lsu-football-story-was-a-joke-now-we-learn-koch-smart-alec-is-buying-entire-university-departments/

Could this be why it appears virtually impossible to get serious academic work regarding dangers of nuclear, etc.? The buying of academia?

From Medact.org:
Atoms For Peace: The Atomic Weapons Establishment and UK Universities

Nuclear Information Service and Medact have undertaken a two-year study to investigate research links between British universities and the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), which is responsible for designing and manufacturing the UK’s nuclear weapons. This report presents the executive summary and key findings from our study.

We found that approaching half of British universities have research links with AWE. Much of the work funded by AWE qualifies as ‘blue skies’ research which is not aimed at any particular application. However, some of the research funded by AWE may have ‘dual use’ potential – the capability to be used for both benign, peaceful purposes and military purposes contributing to the development…

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Guest Blog from Action Atomic Weapons Eradication

Now’s the time to take action against Trident replacement

Act Speak Vote DISARM TRIDENT

Trident is one of those campaigning issues that can sometimes feel just a bit too big; our politicians seem intent on holding onto their WMD’s, and there doesn’t seem to be very much we can do to stop them. However, I’m convinced, in the few years I’ve been involved in anti-nuclear activism, we’ve definitely seen the odds move in our favour. We’ve got a long way to go, but Trident replacement isn’t quite so much a foregone conclusion as it looked a few years ago and the next few months will be a critical time to really pile the pressure on.

 

It was quite clear that the Scottish referendum had Whitehall in a flap over where they’d park their nuclear armed submarines if Faslane stopped being an option – had the Scots voted for independence, Trident would have looked a bit less like the ultimate insurance policy and a bit more like a massive floating headache.

 

Remember too, that if the 2010 general election had returned a majority parliament (either Labour of Conservative), we may well have already had a final decision on Trident replacement; it was a part of the negotiation package brought in by the Lib Dems that any decision on Trident replacement should be pushed into the next parliament. Similarly, just this weekend, Nicola Sturgeon declared that, with possibility that they hold the balance of power in a minority-Labour government next year increasing, Trident would be non-negotiable; Miliband would get the SNP’s support or would get to keep his nuclear bombs, but not both. The Scottish labour leader has also recently backed scrapping Trident. Politics is changing, the monopoly that Labour and Conservatives shared over Westminster is weakening, and – in regards to Trident replacement – that could be very helpful.

 

On the international level, the 97% of countries that continue to not see a use for nuclear weapons are starting to change the nature of the debate. In December, diplomats will gather from across the world to discuss the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, part of a process that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons hopes will move us towards “negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons” – what that would mean if we went and built a whole new load of submarines and warheads (which, if built, would see the UK remaining nuclear armed until the 2060’s) is anyone’s guess.

 

To try and plug some of these gaps, the government has tried to make any future decision on Trident replacement a foregone conclusion by signing some contracts, amending the bilateral agreement between the UK and the USA that governs sharing of nuclear weapon research and technology, and starting massive renovations at Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment – and it’s here we’ll focus our attention now.

Burghfield AWE is a nuclear bomb factory. It’s just seven miles down the road from Aldermaston, and both have been the focus of decades of campaigning and direct action; most recently in the form of the Action AWE campaign. From disruption to the building work caused by blockades of the gates, to a seven-mile long pink knitted peace scarf that got thousands involved in anti-nuclear activism, Action AWE have been making it clear that it is behind those gates and fences that Trident replacement is already taking place. Billions of pounds are being spent on new buildings and machinery, ready to produce the next generation of weapons of mass destruction, and it is distressing to know that whole communities are economically dependent on the production of weapons of mass destruction, like Barrow. However, we’re at one of those exciting points in our history, where we could choose to do things differently; do we need nuclear weapons? Of course not. But it is quite clear that we do need massive investment in the renewable energy sector. The Campaign Against the Arms Trade have recently produced a report, which demonstrates how a move towards offshore wind and marine energy could produce more jobs than the entire arms industry’. We need to start to be much more creative to respond to the challenges we’re facing in the world, and we need to empower our politicians to act, to change the status quo, to start moving our economy and future towards real, sustainable security.

 

In March 2015, just a few months before the general election, we’re going to make the message that Trident replacement will not be tolerated absolutely loud and clear, by taking action at the base every day for a month – and we want you to join us. Called ‘Act Speak Vote > Disarm!’ the month will start with ‘Burghfield Lockdown’, a mass public blockade of all the entrances to Burghfield AWE on Monday 2nd March. After that, groups across the country are volunteering to take on days, and already preparing for vigils, street theatre, and disruptive nonviolent action. After taking action, we’re encouraging everyone who participates to go back to their constituencies and make it clear to all of their candidates that they won’t get their vote if they support Trident replacement.

 

Action AWE can support actions by giving talks at meetings, running nonviolent direct action training days, and suggesting ideas for what type of action you might want to do. At the blockade on the 2nd March we will host a convergence centre in Reading, and there will be time to form affinity groups and find different ways of contributing to the action. There are still plenty of days in March that need vouching for, too, so if you or your group want to get involved, then do! For more information on any of that, email mobilise@actionawe.org or visit www.actionawe.org/pledge

 

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Trains and Boats and Planes are Bringing Nuclear Waste to My Home..

The Cumbrian Version of Trains and Boats and Planes by artist Kevin Carr

Trains and Boats and Planes

Are Bringing Nuclear Waste to My Home

They’re Dumping Things 

On Land and Sea

Destroying My Marrow Bone.

Brains and Throats and Veins 

Are All the Organs That

Are Wasting Away

Chemotherapy’s

No Remedy

For the Brains and the Throats and Veins.