Beached Art – Putting Children At Risk of Ingesting and Inhaling Sellafield Crapola

Once again we have been in Correspondence with Cumbria Wildlife Trust over their Beached Art event and their insistence that all is well on West Cumbria’s beaches.
Until this is acknowledged the nuclear industry will continue to kill children with nuclear waste’s radioactive particles that get washed back with the tides twice a day.
Sent today to the new CEO of Cumbria Wildlife Trust…
Dear Mr Trotter,
Thank your your reply.  It is very good news that Cumbria Wildlife Trust takes its duty of care to young people seriously.   We are alarmed therefore that you are happy to continue with Beached Art on the 10th August  with the bland assurance from Public Health England that the “risk is low” for young children coming into contact with radioactive particles on St Bees beach.  Public Health England may be unaware that the monitoring and retrieval of radioactive particles by the industry and the Environment agency stops over the summer months in order not to alarm people.  This means that the bland assurance that the ‘risk is low’ is of no value in the real word when the tides come in twice a day depositing new particles from decades of Sellafield discharges on the beaches.  Our own monitoring of the beaches showed particles which if ingested or inhaled would cause damage to children in fully one third of all random samples we took.  We urge you once again to rethink your day at St Bees or at least warn families that there is a (low ?) risk of ingesting and inhaling radioactive particles.
Best Wishes
Marianne Birkby
on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland
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On Tuesday, 6 August 2019 15:56, Stephen Trotter <> wrote:

Dear Ms Birkby


Thank you very much for your email and for raising your concerns about radiation at St.Bees with me.  I can entirely sympathise with your concern for the health and safety of children playing outdoors – I’m sure we would all agree that safeguarding young people is of the utmost importance.


I can assure you that Cumbria Wildlife Trust takes its duty of care and responsibilities extremely seriously and we would not wish to run or be associated with events which placed young people – or anyone else – at an unacceptable level of risk of exposure to radiation.


We have approached the Environment Agency for advice regarding claims that radioactive particles may be present on St Bees’ beach. The Trust received the following response:


  • Public Health England (PHE) has undertaken a detailed risk assessment of health risks to the public from radioactive objects, including particles, on beaches in the vicinity of the Sellafield site. This confirms that risks to the public from these radioactive objects are very low. PHE has advised that no special precautionary actions are required at this time to limit access to or use of the beaches.  However, PHE has also advised that monitoring and retrieval of any radioactive objects should continue.


  • The Environment Agency undertakes an independent programme of monitoring for radioactivity in the environment and the results of this are published annually in a report entitled ‘Radioactivity in Food and the Environment’ (RIFE) available at:  The results show that any potential doses received from people undertaking work or leisure activities on West Cumbrian beaches are much less than the public dose limit (1 mSv/yr) and have shown a downward trend with time.


  • The Environment Agency requires environmental monitoring to be carried out by nuclear site operators in order to demonstrate that discharges from nuclear sites are being properly controlled, and to demonstrate that the impacts on people and the environment have been minimised.


As a result of this information and, whilst the beach at St.Bees remains open to the general public, the Trust sees no reason for the planned Beached Art event to be cancelled.


I appreciate this is not the response you were hoping to hear but I presume you have shared your report with Public Health England and the Environment Agency?  I’m sure it will be of great interest to them.  The responsibility for taking decisions on whether to close public open spaces rests with them as the relevant competent authorities and does not fall to a local wildlife charity like Cumbria Wildlife Trust.


Best wishes




Stephen Trotter

Chief Executive

Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Plumgarths, Crook Road, Kendal, LA8 8LX


Tel:    01539 816300

Mob: 07426 010227

Twitter: stevetrotter1



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From: Wastwater
Sent: 05 August 2019 20:42
To: Management <>
Subject: Invitation to Radioactive Beaches from Cumbria Wildlife Trust- Cancel Beached Art


To the Director of Cumbria Wildlife Trust,


Dear Mr Trotter,


I am writing to you  on behalf of 735 members of Radiation Free Lakeland.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is a trusted organisation.


When Cumbria Wildlife Trust runs an event targeted at families with young children then people trust their children will not be placed in danger by that event.


St Bees beach IS dangerous.


The Beached Art event is potentially dangerous to the health of young children who may ingest or inhale radioactive particles routinely washed up on that beach from Sellafield.


For that reason we urge Cumbria Wildlife Trust to cancel the Beached Art event or at least post an article on the Trust’s website and at the event itself warning parents about the radioactive particles constantly and routinely washed up on St Bees.  This way families would at least have the choice of whether or not to put their children in harms way.


Arnie Gundersen former US nuclear regulator has said


“Radiation Free Lakeland hosted me for a series of speeches in the Cumbria region. Some of the samples I took back then were as radioactive as Fukushima. The UK samples contain largely Americium, a manmade transuranic element associated with bomb making. We still need funding to analyze the remainder of the UK samples. Where there is Americium there is likely Plutonium but we have not looked for it yet. As usual, the governments have the money as Fairewinds searches for the truth!


It is important to note that this beach radiation was NOT found by prospecting with a geiger counter looking for hot spots. Rather, citizen scientists just took dirt/sand samples randomly between the low and high tide marks and then mailed the samples with a GPS location to be analyzed here in the US. The UK government has been covering up the severity of the radiation in the Irish Sea and on Cumbria’s beaches.”


Here is the report


We urge Cumbria Wildlife Trust to cancel the Beached Art event at St Bees or at least warn families that their children may come into contact with radioactive particles from Sellafield.


Yours Sincerely


Marianne Birkby

On behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland


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