Windscale contamination of the Irish Sea

Nuclear cheerleaders now think it would be a good idea to churn up the radioactively contaminated Irish Sea to boil in new untried, untested nuclear reactors. The reactors would be located on beautiful greenfields and hedgerows between Sellafield and up to and in Beckermet’s Peterburgh farm, which would be demolished.

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Marine Pollution Bulletin

Volume 4, Issue 8, August 1973, Pages 118–122

Distribution of caesium-137 in British coastal waters

D.F Jefferies,
A Preston,
A.K Steele

MAFF, Fisheries Radiobiological Laboratory, Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK.

Available online 7 April 2003., How to Cite or Link Using DOI
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The safe discharge of wastes into the sea depends upon achieving adequate dilution of the effluent, otherwise inshore biological reserves may be damaged. Water in the north-east Irish Sea can be identified because of its content of radioactive caesium emanating from the Windscale nuclear fuel processing plant. A survey shows how closely this water hugs the coasts as it travels across the Irish Sea and along the west and north coasts of Scotland. Inshore waters receive almost all our effluents and this report suggests that the dilution capacity of the sea may be far less…

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  1. Liquid discharges from the Hinkley Point site have been discharged into the River Parrett and River Severn since 1965. The heavy radionuclides then sink to the bottom of the estuary to be resuspended as the tide comes in and further discharged into the atmosphere and inland along tributaries of the Parrett. Presumably if Hinkley C goes ahead, these discharges would double; yet another reason to rule out new nuclear. Flammanville will routinely discharge into the English Channel and contaminate all the south coast of England.

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