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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Higher than average radioactivity levels have been detected in a drain on a main road at Seascale, Sellafield, England - 24th Nov 2011

Higher than average radioactivity levels have been detected in a drain on a main road at Seascale.

Sellafield Ltd said: “We have no reason to believe that this presents any risk to the public.”

Sellafield is believed to be the source of the activity but investigations are under way to find out exactly where from.

A spokesperson said: “No activities have been carried out on site that could account for a recent elevation of levels and it is therefore likely that these results reflect the presence of historical contamination.”

The ‘hot’ drain is on Drigg Road, leading from Seascale to Drigg village. The radioactivity could be from old site operations or residue from the cull of contaminated pigeons in the area several years ago. Other drains have been contaminated in the past.

The discovery of increased levels of radioactivity is highlighted in the annual Radioactivity in Food and the Environment Report.

The spokesman for campaign group Cumbrians Opposed to Radioactivity, Martin Forwood, has asked for an urgent explanation of what he said was an “unprecedented hike in radioactive concentrations”.

He added: “Until then there can be little public reassurance on the sudden appearance of these high levels being found in Seascale some 13 years after the effects of the Seascale pigeon saga were supposed to have been remediated.” Read More