Sellafield’s Radioactive Pollution from The Irish Sea to The Arctic – Omnicide knows no bounds between wildlife and humans.

Irish Sea: Cumbria Wildlife Trust Conference- Dont Mention the 'N' word!
Irish Sea: Cumbria Wildlife Trust Conference- Dont Mention the ‘N’ word!


Yesterday at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Irish Sea Conference, Radiation Free Lakeland handed out over 100 leaflets to delegates.  The venue was the beautiful Netherwood Hotel in Grange over Sands.  The  front door looks out on to Morecambe Bay and Heysham Nuclear plant ( see photo above ). From Heysham spent fuel trundles across the train viaduct to Sellafield to be reprocessed making it even more dangerous.

The leaflets handed out yesterday by volunteers and supporters of a Radiation Free Lakeland describe just a few of the impacts of existing and proposed nuclear developments on the Irish Sea.  This is to counter the non engagement of Cumbria Wildlife Trust in nuclear impacts ( happy to engage in the impact of wind turbines!)

The ever charming Sir Martin Holdgate Trustee of CWT came over to speak to us and interestingly told us that he favours above ground storage and monitoring of nuclear waste.

We agreed and suggested that the first step to looking after existing nuclear waste must be to STOP PRODUCING ANY MORE.

He replied “there is something to be said for that point of view.”

Rather worrying the equally charming Director of Cumbria Wildlife Trust Peter Bullard appears to assume that damage from nuclear ‘only’ affects humans and that the Trust “is not about people but is concerned with wildlife.”

Humans are at the top of the food chain and as studies, including studies by Lancaster University, have shown even chronic low level radiation is damaging to all wildlife including the game changing 100% sterility of fish “Severe effect on reproduction hatching and abnormal larvae (100%).”  

These test studies are backed up by findings in the real world. Many universities worldwide have been studying evidence from nuclear accidents:

“Low-dose radiation has been known to have negative consequences for (all) living beings for almost 100 years.  Indeed, background radiation causes the death of tens of thousands of humans annually. These ‘natural’ effects may be exacerbated by the 23 nuclear accidents recorded during the last century”.

Radiation Free Lakeland know Sellafield to be the equivalent of an ongoing accident with routine releases of radiation to sea, air and groundwaters. On May 13th Cumbria Wildlife Trust are inviting families to spend hours on beautiful St Bees beach making sand sculptures.  This is the same beach where increasing numbers of radioactive particles from Sellafield’s insane reprocessing programme are being found.  Not really surprising as the headland of St Bees acts as a catchment area for Sellafield discharges.   The same particles take just 4 years to reach the Arctic and bioaccumulate in all life there.  As a result of these finds there are no warning signs on the beaches, rather the monitoring and retrieval of radioactive particles has been stepped down dramatically.  If you don’t look you don’t find?  If you don’t mention the ‘N’ word  people will be blind to the diabolic plan for ever more radioactive and chemical pollution from nuclear?


Leaflet handed out to delegates:




     Do Not Mention the ‘N’ word?


The Irish Sea is the most radioactively polluted in the world. There are plans to increase that pollution many times over with new build and geological dumps spewing into the Irish Sea. Cumbria Wildlife Trust remains schtum.

Reprocessing : Britain is on course to break an international agreement to reduce radioactive pollution of the Irish Sea because of a crash programme in reprocessing at the Sellafield nuclear site. Discharges of plutonium into the sea have risen from 120 gigabecquerels a year to more than 250 with similar increases in caesium and other radioactive isotopes.

New Build: Moorside, the proposal is bigger than and nextdoor to the largest concentration of nuclear waste on the planet, Sellafield. The companies who designed and built Fukushima have taken no responsibility for that disaster but are in talks with the UK government to build new reactors here in Cumbria. The Irish National Trust are taking the UK government to court over the decision to build new nuclear plants that would pollute the Irish Sea.

Geological Dumping: West Cumbria was ruled out as a site for a deep underground nuclear dump fifteen years ago because the geology is unsafe. Now there are new plans for one or more nuclear dumps about ten times as big containing much more of the dangerous wastes taken from nuclear reactor cores. Cumbria County Council voted against the plans in January 2013. The government says it does not want to hear the County Council but will let the handful of people on the executive of the District Councils decide.   The plan is for the wastes to percolate out to the Irish Sea.

published by Radiation Free Lakeland April 2014!


Lancaster University Studies

Effects after chronic radiation




5 thoughts on “Sellafield’s Radioactive Pollution from The Irish Sea to The Arctic – Omnicide knows no bounds between wildlife and humans.

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  3. CaptD

    Sure there will be always be Energy Experts that disagree with everything that other Energy Experts say that are on the opposite side of any debate!

    I also agree that the global nuclear industry has the money it needs to fund all the peer reviewed studies it wants, that end up saying whatever they want them to, or they simply will not publish them…

    We also know that about three years ago today, all the Japanese nuclear Experts (along with many other nuclear Experts across the World) that said that “modern” nuclear power plants were safe and had so many safety features that they would not meltdown because they were so well designed, were proven terribly wrong by Fukushima’s triple meltdowns and that it will take decades if not about 100 years to deal with its on-going pollution of the Pacific Ocean, that is, if nothing BIG goes BAD before then.

    Also in all fairness, mankind will have to employ NEW types of equipment that have never ever been built, in order to deal with the new problems Fukushima has created. Also, until fully decommissioned, the Japanese will continue to contaminate massive amounts of sea water with radioactivity daily, that will all end up in the Pacific Ocean unless the UN sanctions the Japanese with penalties which should be used to finance Solar (of all flavors) R&D and it’s installation in developing Countries, if they will agree to not use nuclear. This will enable mankind to begin the transition to Solar while at the same time reduce the need for our Earth’s limited resources.

    I also be the first to point out that the Coal Industry has many health problems associated with it, which the Nuclear industry is all too eager to point out; but the SAME THING COULD BE SAID ABOUT THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY; since it also mines radioactive Uranium ore which is then processed into highly radioactive fuel rods of several different types. Once this radioactive fuel is used in a reactor, it then produces huge amounts of additional radioactive waste that will have as yet unknown effects on mankind over the enormous timespan that it will take to render all of it harmless! Because this radioactive timespan dwarfs anything currently affecting mankind, it is completely unscientific to say today, what the harmful effect of our using nuclear power plants in the twentieth and twenty-first century will be generations from now!

    For example, should highly radioactive “dirty” material from Fukushima be used in a terrorist weapon at some point in the future, its affect on man must be placed directly upon the nuclear industry that created it, because without building the nuclear power plants it would have never existed to cause harm to man’s health. This is yet another potential “future” health problem that cannot be discounted since there is so much radioactive waste material unaccounted for at Fukushima and many other locations globally!

    It is no longer fair for the nuclear industries spokespersons, the IAEA and/or Regulators like the NRC to try to limit Energy discussions to only the positive points that favor using nuclear while at the same time shrugging off all other negative points as not being relevant!

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