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The potential health effects to coastal populations of the dumping of 330,000 tons of radioactively contaminated mud on the coast of Wales, 2.8km from Cardiff.

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Dr Busby was asked by individuals in Wales to comment on the proposals by the French nuclear company to dredge up 300,000 tons of radioactive mud from the sea bed near Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset, England, and dump it in the Bristol Channel 2.8km from the Welsh Capital, Cardiff.

Dr Busby has carried out many studies of the cancer and infant mortality effects of living near the contaminated coast near Hinkley Point and the Bristol Channel, including the Welsh coast since 2000. In a new report [link] he shows that if this proposal is allowed by the Welsh Assembly government, the result will be a measurable increase in cancer and ill health in Cardiff and other communities of Wales living near the coast and the tidal rivers Taff and Usk.

He points out that there is no valid reason to dump this material near Wales except to keep it from the holiday beaches in England. He recommends that the dredging is not permitted to go ahead as it will increase cancer rates on both sides of the Bristol Channel, as is shown by the epidemiological cancer mortality studies his group carried out from 1999 to the present day.

SNIP

7. Conclusions and recommendations
Exposure to radioactive material which has a quantifiable probability of causing harm to health must be justified in relation to benefits to balance the harm. In this case, no benefits would accrue to Welsh populations; indeed, the people living near the estuaries would suffer significant harm. It is therefore recommended that the Welsh Assembly oppose the dumping of this material close to the city of Cardiff and indeed close to any part of the Welsh coast

END SNIP

Report source; http://www.greenaudit.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Dumping-radioactive-mud-near-Cardiff.pdf

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December 4, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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