Independent Radiation Monitoring in Cumbria – WHY THE HELL NOT?

Nuclear Fuel Chain in the North West

Please come along and support us in Carlisle on Thursday 4th June 10am Committee Room 2.   We will  have a demo outside to meet the councillors going in from 9am

Or if you cannot come along please do write a short note to the Cabinet asking that independent radiation monitoring is reinstated in Cumbria.  ( see sample letter below)

We’ve been collecting letters addressed to both Cumbria and Lancashire CC
asking that independent radiation monitoring is reinstated. Both areas
used to do this but both have stopped due to council cuts.  Radiation Free Lakeland  spoke to the scientist at Lancashire CC who said all the Radiation Monitoring equipment is there ” in case of emergency” ….but they no longer do continuous regular monitoring.   Here in Cumbria radiation checks used to be carried out in Cumbria by Barrow Town Council from the 1980s to 2007.

According to council officials, it was established to “highlight major variations to natural background radiation levels arising from Cumbrian industrial sites and contamination from the Chernobyl disaster”. Then it involved a significant amount of on-site monitoring and in-house laboratory analysis on a monthly basis. But in 2002, council bosses agreed a scaled- down programme of testing. And in 2007 decided to ditch it altogether.

Radiation Free Lakeland will present over 100 letters on thursday (more sent separately) to Cumbria’s Cabinet.  The letters are  lobbying for reinstatement of independent radiation monitoring in the North West.  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 companies running the landfill were  “unaware” of Sellafield’s actions. So no prosecution against the private companies was ever  made. The Environment Agency are the government body policing radioactive releases to the environment. They seem to be increasingly a watchdog that does not bark, or even look.

Letters can be sent to  Nick Evans at Democratic Services nick.evans@cumbria.gov.uk  

Dear Mr Evans,

Please ensure this letter reaches Cumbria Cabinet for the 4th June Meeting in Committee Room 2

Dear Cumbria County Council Cabinet

RADIATION RELEASES TO THE ENVIRONMENT
The North West’s 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.  Here in Cumbria radiation checks used to be carried out in Cumbria by Barrow Town Council from the 1980s to 2007.

According to council officials, it was established to highlight major variations to natural background radiation levels arising from Cumbrian industrial sites and contamination from the Chernobyl disaster. Then it involved a significant amount of on-site monitoring and in-house laboratory analysis on a monthly basis. But in 2002, council bosses agreed a scaled- down programme of testing. And in 2007 decided to ditch it altogether leaving the responsibility to the Environment Agency.

The EA often leave monitoring and reporting to the nuclear industry as we saw at Lillyhall with the illegal dumping of 1 bag of intermediate and 3 bags of low level radioactive waste. 

The nuclear industry and government’s new build plan includes:
Manufacture of fuel for new reactors. This begins with uranium
hexafluoride shipped to Ellesmere Port, then to Capenhurst, Near Chester. Then on to Preston’s Springfields plant. Proposed new nuclear build on greenfields in Cumbria would also mean escalating radioactive releases from fuel manufacture.

This means radioactively polluting the River Ribble and Clifton Marsh Landfill in Lancashire. And in Cumbria increasing releases to the Irish Sea, Lillyhall landfill and previously nuclear free areas! Nuclear materials are routinely sent by train and road and even by plane.

Given this escalation in radioactive emissions we urge you to reinstate regular and frequent independent radiation monitoring in Cumbria and Lancashire

Yours sincerely,

Name:

Address:

4 thoughts on “Independent Radiation Monitoring in Cumbria – WHY THE HELL NOT?

  1. Pingback: #DriggLockTheGate: letter to Cumbria County Council | Radiation Free Lakeland

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