News May 2015

2 May 2015

Radwaste

Election candidates in Cumbria and nuclear waste. Letter from Cumbria Trust to the Times and Star. The Cumbria Trust sent a questionnaire to all General Election and Copeland Mayoral candidates. Only 10 out of 34 candidates have responded.

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Posted: 2 May 2015

1 May 2015

Chernobyl

The fires first reported in the Chernobyl region on April 26th (the anniversary of the 1986 accident) threaten a major release of radioactivity, warns Greenpeace. If the fires spread to the heavily contaminated forests and land areas around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the release of radioactive material into the atmosphere is certain. The amount of radioactivity potentially released could be the equivalent of a major nuclear accident. Since the 1986 accident a massive amount of dangerous radioactive substances has been deposited on the forests including cesium-137, strontium-90 and plutonium-239. These forests, plants and soil are a major source of radioactivity, some of which was released from the fires of 2010. Based on specialist satellite data, analysts at Greenpeace estimate that the fire has spread over an area covering 13,300 hectares, of which 4,100 are actually on fire. The fires have not yet reached the highest contaminated zones around the Chernobyl plant but are currently within 15-20 km of the site.

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Posted: 1 May 2015