Moorside: Radioactive Leachate from Sellafield Pumped to the River Ehen

'Moorside' 100 boreholes up to 150m deep on greenfield site to "explore" geology for new build.
‘Moorside’ 100 boreholes up to 150m deep on greenfield site next to Sellafield’s leaking mess,  to “explore” geology for new build.

Freedom of Information Request 

29 October 2015

Dear Environment Agency,

In August 2015 Nugen (Toshiba/Engie) issued a press release saying
that they would apply for an EA license to pump “slightly
radioactively contaminated ” water from 100 boreholes into the
River Ehen.

Have the Environment Agency carried out their own measurements of
radioactivity/chemical composition on liquid discharge from the 100
boreholes or are they relying on NUGENs own documentation?

Have the Environment Agency issued a license to dump radioactively
contaminated groundwater into the River Ehen?

If so, We would like to have sight of the rationale for this
contravention of the EAs own remit to protect the River Ehen from
pollution. For example the reasoning behind the new pipeline from
Thirlmere to protect Ennerdale and the River Ehen would be
undermined by allowing increased and concentrated radioactive
discharges from Moorside’s 100 boreholes into the River Ehen. This
Sellafield seepage would normally be held deep underground
percolating gradually over many years to the River Ehen.
http://publications.naturalengland.org.u…

Where is the radioactively contaminated soil and rock from 100
boreholes being dumped?

Are the Environment Agency carrying out their own independent
measurements of the radioactive/chemical composition of the soil
and rock from the 100 boreholes? Eg Have samples been sent to
independent laboratories worldwide? (Or are the EA relying on
NUGENs own documentation?

Yours faithfully,

Marianne Birkby
On behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland

We note that Energy Solutions described the buffer zone land
adjacent to Sellafield as being “too contaminated” from Sellafield
seepage to be dug deep and made into a low level radioactive waste
dump ( Keekle Head inquiry). We note also that the Copeland Local
Plan up to 2016 says that there should be NO development on this
land, in other words the land should be left as a buffer zone.

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