Truth About Clean Beaches

Truth About Clean Beaches - NW Evening Mail July 5th 2014
Truth About Clean Beaches – NW Evening Mail July 5th 2014
Radioactive Sand in-between toes?
Radioactive Sand in-between toes?


Letter in the North West Evening Mail…..


Holiday time! Beach towels, buckets and spades and children are being gathered up to take along to the beach.

Which beach?

There is loads of choice in Cumbria, which boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK.

Maybe one of the award-winning beaches like St Bees?  St Bees has a Good Beach flag from the Marine Conservation Society and a Seaside Award flag from Keep Britain Tidy.

Before packing the sandwiches though, it is worth considering that while these awards consider “rigorous water quality tests” they do not consider radioactive pollution as a criteria.

St Bees beach, like many others in West Cumbria, has seen a dramatic increase in radioactive particle finds including plutonium.  The awards encourage children to spend hours playing on the beaches and making sandcastles on beaches known to be contaminated.

Isn’t it about time that these awards included radioactive pollution as a criteria?

Marianne Birkby

Radiation Free Lakeland

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