Independent Radiation Monitoring In NW – What?


Radiation Free Lakeland are lobbying for independent radiation monitoring in the North West.  This used to be carried out by Radiation Monitoring in Lancashire – RADMIL - which was disbanded a few years ago due to council cuts.

Multi-national private companies taking on lucrative government contracts to “decommission” nuclear plants are essentially self regulating, such as the landfill at Lillyhall which accepted “non exempt” 3 bags of low level and one bag of intermediate level waste from Sellafield.  The Environment Agency said they were satisfied that the company running the landfill was “unaware” of Sellafield’s actions.  So no prosecution against the private company was made.  The Environment Agency are the government body policing radioactive releases to the environment. They are being crafted to become  increasingly a watchdog that does not bark, or even look.

Please write to the Chief Scientist at Lancashire County Scientific Services:

and cc to Cumbria County Council’s Nuclear Issues:

Dear Scientific Services/Nuclear Issues


Radioactive releases to the 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 nuclear industry and government plan to manufacture fuel for new reactors beginning with uranium at Capenhurst, Near Chester and then on to Preston’s Springfields plant with proposed new nuclear build at Moorside in Cumbria  and proposed geological dumping under Cumbria. This means the escalating release of radioactive materials to the River Ribble and Clifton Marsh Landfill in Lancashire and to the Irish Sea, Lillyhall landfill and more in Cumbria.  Fracking would also release radiation to the environment.  Nuclear is ALREADY releasing an accelerating cocktail of the most potent radionuclides to the environment from fuel manufacture, routine emissions from nuclear plants, reprocessing, decommissioning and waste ‘disposal’.

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

Yours sincerely,




More info:
From: ENV Lancashire County Scientific Services
Date: 31 March 2014 14:44:29 BST
To: ‘marianne Birkby’

Subject: RE: RADMIL

Dear Ms Birkby

The decision to discontinue radiation monitoring was taken about three years ago
by the Lancashire Chief Environmental Health Officers group. This was mainly due to budgetary pressure and the recognition that the background levels of radiation were very well established.

It was also decided that the remaining equipment would be held by Lancashire
County Scientific Services and maintained in good working order in case it might
assist in the recovery phase of an nuclear incident.

As the pressures on budgets have not eased I cannot see RADMIL being reinstated in the foreseeable future.

I hope this answers your question adequately. If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.


Andrew Smith, BSc., PhD., M.Chem.A., C.Sci., C.Chem., M.R.S.C.

Lancashire County Council
County Scientific Services
Pedders Way
Riversway Docklands
Tel: 01772 721660 (Office)

Wastwater: The Ultimate Ice Bucket Challenge!

Wastwater- The Ultimate Ice Bucket Challenge

Wastwater- The Ultimate Ice Bucket Challenge

While the press and social media is full of the latest craze the ultimate ice bucket challenge goes on unnoticed.

This ice bucket challenge happens over 4 million times a day with gallon buckets of water being chucked over nuclear waste at Sellafield.  The water is the best, coolest and freshest there is.

It comes from Britain’s Favourite View, Wastwater.  A lake held in perpetual slavery to the nuclear industry, echoing the fate of  the people of Cumbria.  The domestic water for people in West Cumbria is increasingly being sourced by United Utilities from bore holes while Sellafield has exclusive rights to the pristine cool fresh water of Wastwater.

The current craze for Ice Bucket Challenge has done a fantastic job of raising awareness and money for Motor Neuron Disease (ALS) .  Motor Neuron is one of the host of diseases  linked to exposure to radiation.

The real ice bucket challenge must surely be to make sure that the nuclear industry contains its radioactive emissions and that no more waste is produced?

There is not enough water even in England’s largest, coolest deepest lake to cool the heels of an out of control and expanding nuclear industry.  The Ice Bucket challenge gives a short sharp shock that we soon recover from.  Meanwhile there is a tipping point from which our DNA cannot recover  with the ongoing assault from the nuclear industry.




Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools During Earthquakes in California & Elsewhere? NRC’s Devil May Care Attitude.


And in America (as well as here in the UK) the regulators are giving out special dispensations to accommodate nuclear madness.

Originally posted on Mining Awareness Plus:

Diablo Canyon NPP
Diablo Canyon, California. The name says it all- Devil’s Canyon. Swimming Pools said to be Fresh Water Reservoirs

In the mainstream news on Monday was discussion of a secret document from last year, found online at the Friends of the Earth web site. As the US NRC is voting today on an Environmental Impact Statement, which excludes seismic considerations from 4 nuclear sites, 3 on the west coast, and with a major California earthquake on the weekend, it is timely:
U.S. inspector wanted reactor shut on quake fears: report
Posted:Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:31:14 GMT
(Reuters) – A federal nuclear inspector urged U.S. regulators to shut down a California nuclear power plant until tests showed its reactors could withstand shocks from nearby earthquake faults, according to the Associated Press and an environmental group

Diablo Canyon: Secret document details federal safety inspector’s alarm over plant’s vulnerability to…

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Today’s Daily Mail – Moorside Nukiller Letter

Moorside Nukiller Daily Mail Letter Aug 25 2014

Moorside Nukiller Daily Mail Letter Aug 25 2014


The following letter was sent to all the national papers – only the Daily Mail picked it up (and edited it – original below)
Dear Editor

Despite there being no solution to the problem of what to do with
radioactive waste our leaders seem hell bent on “the biggest nuclear
development in Europe” here in Cumbria. We recently walked 5 miles around
part of the massive area being proposed. We saw and photographed roe
deer, sedge warbler and followed ancient tracks criss crossing the area.
From conversations with people we met it was clear that we are being led
up the garden path into thinking that Moorside is somehow already part of
the expanding Sellafield site. One local lass from Beckermet even asked
us to put a map into the local papers of the proposed area so people can
see the extent of the plan. A young couple on holiday in Beckermet were
appalled that there were plans for new build on such a lovely area with
the sea on one side and the Lake District mountains on the other. The
young couple also commented that if they had known Beckermet was so close
to Sellafield they wouldn’t have booked their holiday. Well guess what?
Beckermet, Braystones and Calder Bridge are about to get a whole lot
closer to nuclear build, unless we resist in every way we can. A petition
has been set up saying:

We urge David Cameron and the leaders of Europe to scrap plans for
Moorside. The UK Government is planning to sell a vast area of Cumbria to
the same companies responsible for the Fukushima disaster, so that they
can build new nuclear reactors. Please don’t risk the safety of Europe by
turning Cumbria into a nuclear sacrifice zone.

The full petition can be found on the 38 Degrees website: Stop Moorside
yours sincerely,

Marianne Birkby
on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland

a video of the land under threat

Carlisle’s Radioactive Airfreight – What are Councillors told?


Carlisle Airfreight?

Carlisle Airfreight?

Dear Councillor.

We are writing to you again regarding your decision to pass the extension
of Carlisle Airport earlier this week.

What information have councillors received regarding radioactive cargo
from Carlisle?

Carlisle Airport is licensed to carry radioactive freight. Radiation Free
Lakeland have yesterday put in a Freedom of Information request to the NDA
to ask
a.what radioactive cargo has been carried to and from Carlisle in the past
b. and what plans are there to carry radioactive cargo in the future.

MOX fuel is documented as having been flown from Carlisle Airport to the
British Government’s European customers. Given the plans for nuclear
expansion is Carlisle Airport to play a role in this and are councillors
happy with the possibility of increased radioactive flights over Cumbria
and in the vicinity of Sellafield?

Another question is what would be the whereabouts of storage of
radioactive cargo prior to air haulage?

Was this information made available to councillors making the decision to
extend Carlisle Airport and increase airfreight?

If this information was not available surely the decision made by the
Development Control Committee earlier this week is invalid?

We urge you to call in this decision.

yours sincerely,

Marianne Birkby
Radiation Free Lakeland


NOTE there are no genuine ‘customers’ for MOX – the Japanese had to be bribed to take it at Fukushima.  The element of quid pro quo is rife in all things nuclear.

Development Control Committee Members contact details:


Please write to Development Control NOW asking them to call in the Carlisle Airport Expansion decision.

Development Control Carlisle City Council :

(Cumbria CC Development Control Chair:

Vice Chair:



Radiation Free Lakeland have today urged Carlisle City Council’s
Development Control Committee to call in their decision to overturn a High
Court ruling to squash plans for the expansion of Carlisle Airport.

The letter sent to Carlisle City Council and to Cumbria County Council says:

Dear Development Control and Regulation Committee.

Radiation Free Lakeland urge you to call in the decision to grant Carlisle
Airport a huge expansion for freight and passengers.

There has been a huge and it has to be said unaccountable push to smooth
the way forward for this commercially unviable expansion which aims to see
650 passenger and 1,560 cargo flights each year by 2025 and an average of
276 heavy-lorry movements each day.

This decision has huge implications not just for the whole of Cumbria but
for our neighbours

We urge Development Control to call in the decision to give Carlisle
Airport an expansion and to refer the decision back to Cabinet and to the
full Council for the following reasons:

1. Carlisle Airport appears to be registered to carry radioactive freight
over a populated area and in the near vicinity of Sellafield.

2. This development would ensure a huge increase in air traffic in the
near vicinity of Sellafield. The potential for terrorist attack or human
error is hugely increased

3. The county should not have been held to ransom by Stobarts threat to
move out of Cumbria should the airport not be given an extension. What
exactly are Stobarts links to the nuclear industry?

Please call in this decision as a matter of urgency.

yours sincerely

Marianne Birkby
Radiation Free Lakeland

Routine Radioactive Release From Nuclear Power Plants in the USA (and elsewhere)


It doesn’t take an accident, this is ongoing five star radioactive poisoning

Originally posted on Mining Awareness Plus:

Routine Radioactive Releases from US NPP Beyond Nuclear p. 1
Routine Radioactive Releases from US NPP Beyond Nuclear p. 2
Routine Radioactive Releases from US NPP Beyond Nuclear p. 3 Emphasis (red underline, yellow highlight) added. Original as pdf brochure is available here:

Internationally the radiation standard for emissions is now Bq for Becquerels and not Curies. One Curie is 37,000,000,000 Becquerels. A Becquerels is one radioactive emission per second. Hence, 16 billion curies is 590,000,000,000,000,000,000 becquerels or radioactive emissions per second!

US EPA Radioactive Emission Allowances for Nuclear Facilities

Current US EPA air allowances-legal radiation emission “standards”: The US EPA has no emissions water standards for nuclear facilities. Air standards are incomplete and insufficient. Contrary to what they say, tritium can be filtered. (See more on tritium at bottom)

US citizens need to demand serious public hearings. You may not have a dump or power facility near you today, though many people do, but you may tomorrow. Also, there is a move to dilute waste and call it low level and put it in public…

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