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: firstname.lastname@example.org
and cc to Cumbria County Council’s Nuclear Issues: email@example.com
Dear Scientific Services/Nuclear Issues
RADIATION RELEASES TO THE ENVIRONMENT
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
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
Tel: 01772 721660 (Office)