Volunteers at Radiation Free Lakeland (nuclear safety campaign group based in Cumbria) have been sending soil and sand samples from West Cumbria’s coastline to the US for testing. The resulting report doesn’t tell the whole story as funding meant only two isotopes were tested for …even so fully one third of ALL samples tested contain levels of americium and cesium which are dangerous to health. This has been sent to local and national press and Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, It has not been published in the press. Arnie Gundersen former US nuclear regulator has said: 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 look 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.
Radiation Free Lakeland 6th July 2018 read more »