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Transport to Extreme Energy Gathering Apr 18 13
Uranium Contamination of Proposed Site at Hinkley Point
EDF data suggests up to 10t of enriched uranium in topsoil
In a report by Chris Busby and Cecily Collingridge for Green Audit, analysis is presented showing the presence of enriched uranium contamination on the site proposed for the new nuclear reactors at Hinkley C.
The authors draw attention to the importance of this discovery for human health. Earlier studies found increased rates of child and adult leukemia, breast and other cancers, and infant mortality in Burnham-on-Sea downwind of the Hinkley Point site. Studies worldwide have found excess child leukemia near many nuclear sites. Prof Busby, who is Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk (ECRR) said "These data are a revelation. Maybe it is Enriched Uranium that is the source of these health effects. Curiously, Uranium is not routinely measured near nuclear power station despite the fact that it is the fuel. We know from United Nations publications that these power stations release large amounts of radionuclides, including uranium, to the environment. What this shows is that it does not harmlessly disperse, but it is in the air nearby to be inhaled by people who live there." Cecily Collingridge, who lives nearby, and whose curiosity lead to the study, said "The first thing we must do is stop all work on the site. If this contamination becomes airborne, workers and local people can inhale atomic reactor fuel particles. the origin of the enriched urnaium must be independently investigated with more sampling and proper analysis."