Radioactive Beached Art this Saturday


Flying the Flag for Radioactive Beaches?
Radioactive Contamination warning sign for Cumbrian Beaches
Radioactive Contamination warning sign for Cumbrian Beaches


Radiation Free Lakeland will be at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s ‘Beached Art’ event to hand out leaflets and place over 40 ‘radioactive’ pebbles on the beach. The ‘radioactive’ pebbles will symbolise the increasing numbers of radioactive particles brought onto St Bees beach with every tide as a result of historic discharges and also the increased reprocessing activity at Sellafield.

Increasingly nuclear safety  groups are warning that the public has a right to know about the radioactive particles being found on beaches.  Nuclear safety groups feel that  the public and most especially parents should have the opportunity to make up their own minds as to how long their children should spend playing in contaminated sand.

Jo Brown of Parents Concerned About Hinkley has said:

“UK seaside local authorities have become aware that in 2015 the EU
Bathing Water Directive will impose strict new standards on sea
quality. What they appear not to have understood is that under the
2012 Health and Social Care Act, part of the Secretary of State’s duty
will be to protect the public from ionising or non-ionising radiation.
This means that all UK coastal resorts within the fallout zone of
nuclear sites will have to display notices warning tourists and
residents that the water is not safe to bathe in”.

Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment have renewed calls for warning signs to be placed on Cumbrian beaches.  A review making a strong case for the use of signs on West Cumbrian beaches to advise the public on the presence of radioactive particles, has been sent to the Health Protection Agency (HPA now Public Health England), the Environment Agency, the Government’s Committee on the Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) and other bodies involved in Sellafield Ltd’s beach monitoring programme   Full press release here.

Radiation Free Lakeland agree and have been urging groups such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust who encourage families to spend time on the beaches,  to acknowledge concerns and at the very least make those concerns known to families attending their beach events.   As well as placing the symbolic ‘radioactive’ pebbles,  Radiation Free Lakeland  will also be placing a sign on the beach which reiterates the Health Protection Agency’s own advice

More information here 

6 thoughts on “Radioactive Beached Art this Saturday

    1. many Thanks for reblogging ! the more people know about it the more chance of getting signs up, stopping reprocessing and containing the waste. at the moment the monitoring and retrieval of radioactive particles from the beaches has been scaled back …despite the finds increasing.

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