Call for radioactive warning signs on west Cumbrian beaches
Last updated at 13:20, Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Visitors to Cumbria’s coast should be warned that radioactive particles have been detected on local beaches, an anti-nuclear campaign group claims.
Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment (CORE) said their review of monitoring evidence makes “a strong case” for signs to be erected warning the public of the potential health risks on the west coast.
Advice from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) says the health risk to beach users posed by radioactive particles is very low, but CORE insists this has been “overtaken by recent events”.
The group said the behaviour and effects of “offshore” radioactive particles – only now being assessed – was not sufficiently well known for the public to be assured that the current and future risks posed by them is “as low as reasonably practicable”.
CORE claims the “disturbing unknowns and potential threat from offshore particles is compounded by the steady increase in the number of radioactive particles being found annually on West Cumbrian beaches”.
The group also said the figure of seven particles recorded in Sellafield’s annual report in 2006/07 had risen to 254 in 2011/12.
CORE’s health campaigner Janine Allis-Smith said: “In what appears to be little more than a guess in the dark, based on a catalogue of unknowns, officialdom is playing fast and loose with the health and safety of West Cumbrian beach users through the continued use of HPA advice that is clearly past its sell-by date.
Our review has urged that an immediate review of the advice is necessary and that the public can only be properly protected from the risks of encountering radioactive particles on West Cumbria’s public beaches through the use of signs and notices.”
First published at 13:19, Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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What a load of rubbish, radioactivity occurs naturally in the environment, if this was a sufficient threft big enough to put signs up for radioactivity Sellafield would ave done something about it.
An excellent idea. Very topical given the revelations that Japan's tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has leaked 300 tonnes of highly radioactive water, and is still leaking.We should be seeing a wholesale shift towards renewable energy and genuine energy security and away from descredited and dangerous nuclear and climate-change inducing fossil-fuels.However, the government seems keener on pushing Fracking, a dangerous distraction from the imperative of decarbonising the UK economy as soon as is possible.
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