Radioactive Beached Art at St Bees: Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

On Friday, the day before our protest sand drawing at St Bees I rang up Sellafield to let them know that after the demo we would be dropping off our soiled gloves and protective clothing at the Main Gate as potential radioactive waste. I got through to a lass in Workington who put me through to …

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Just found a radioactive particle? Must be a Good Beach!

The Marine Conservation Society and Keep Britain Tidy have  awarded West Cumbrian beaches Good Beach status. Neither of these bodies take radioactive pollution into account when awarding Clean and Good Beach status. On St Bees alone over 70 particles including alpha particles have been found and retrieved up to 2011. Despite this the monitoring and retrieval has …

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MOD Forced to Publish report on Dangerous Scottish Beach while Sandcastles are made on MORE Dangerous Cumbrian Beaches

  On wednesday The Guardian reported that "The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been forced to abandon attempts to block a report by government advisers warning that radioactive contamination of military sites across the UK could pose a risk to public health". The report by the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment …

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Big Issue in the North – Pu on Cumbrian Beaches

A letter published in this weeks Big Issue in the North QUESTION OF TRUST Cumbria Wildlife Trust has just held a sand sculpture competition at St Bees. This beach, near Sellafield, is where 41 hot radioactive particles were recovered last year, including plutonium. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's response to this increase has been to ask …

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Radioactive Mermaids – why should we care?

Last week Cumbria Wildlife Trust held their Beached Art event at St Bees. St Bees happens to be one of the beaches near Sellafield where radioactive particles from a crash programme of reprocessing have been found in increasing numbers. The reason for the crash programme is that dumping radioactive waste at sea will be banned …

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A Letter to Cumbria Wildlife Trust – Radioactive Castles in the Air

Dear Cumbria Wildlife Trust, You won’t remember this, but as wildlife obsessed teenager I painted an exhibition for the junior branch of Cumbria Wildlife Trust to launch “Watch.” That was over 30 years ago. With great sadness I have just cancelled my subscription. While supporting much of what CWT has done over the years, I …

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The Irish Princess: St Bega and Sellafield Reprocessing..

Yesterday Radiation Free Lakeland and 3 Weeks to Save the Lakes marked the anniversary of Chernobyl at St Bees. St Bees was named after the Irish princess who landed on the beautiful West Cumbrian coast about 900AD. What is the betting that St Bega would join the 1.3 million households in Ireland in calling for …

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