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. http://www.corecumbria.co.uk/newsapp/pressreleases/pressmain.asp?StrNewsID=320
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
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