Tollesbury villagers protest against fuel rod discharge from Bradwell Power Station entering Blackwater estuary

Protesters at Tollesbury, with Bradwell Power Station in the background

Protesters at Tollesbury, with Bradwell Power Station in the background

First published in News

Worried villagers held a demonstration against radioactive discharges entering the Blackwater Estuary.

More than 100 Tollesbury villagers gathered at Woodup Pool, next to Tollesbury Marina, on Friday.

The protest was organised by Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BAANG), who are concerned about metal casings surrounding spent fuel rods being dissolved at Bradwell Power Station.

Magnox, which runs the plant, has said the effluent from the dissolved magnesium will be discharged within authorised limits agreed by the Environment Agency.

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3:16pm Tue 20 May 14

Citizen 139 says...

Why live near a nuclear power station then?
Why live near a nuclear power station then? Citizen 139
  • Score: -6

3:55pm Tue 20 May 14

Opsiomath says...

If I was Maldon Salt company I would be petrified. They essentially produce their product from concentrated River Blackwater estuary water

To me, this is scary stuff

I hope Magnox and the Environment Agency rethink quickly
If I was Maldon Salt company I would be petrified. They essentially produce their product from concentrated River Blackwater estuary water To me, this is scary stuff I hope Magnox and the Environment Agency rethink quickly Opsiomath
  • Score: 9

4:48pm Tue 20 May 14

Im_Like_HELLO says...

This is quite concerning because any negative consequences will take years to come into effect (eating Maldon Salt) and by that time Magnox / Environment Agency will be a different quango and it will be too late.
This is quite concerning because any negative consequences will take years to come into effect (eating Maldon Salt) and by that time Magnox / Environment Agency will be a different quango and it will be too late. Im_Like_HELLO
  • Score: 6

8:33am Wed 21 May 14

Wilhemena says...

I was told several years ago by an Iranian man who was in charge of Health and Safety at Bradwell that to swim in the water around the Power Station would be very dangerous.... Maldon sea salt will be glowing in the dark soon and why is this story not in the National Press... it is totally unacceptable to dump radioactivity in our estuaries.!!
I was told several years ago by an Iranian man who was in charge of Health and Safety at Bradwell that to swim in the water around the Power Station would be very dangerous.... Maldon sea salt will be glowing in the dark soon and why is this story not in the National Press... it is totally unacceptable to dump radioactivity in our estuaries.!! Wilhemena
  • Score: 3

9:22am Wed 21 May 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

This issue is potentially very serious. It could affect wildlife (and potentially people) for miles around - including Mersea Island and the Dengie National Nature Reserve.
This issue is potentially very serious. It could affect wildlife (and potentially people) for miles around - including Mersea Island and the Dengie National Nature Reserve. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 2

10:49am Wed 21 May 14

islandbouy says...

this should not be allowed to happen - the estuary is a designated marine conservation zone!!

please take the time to sign the petition;
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this should not be allowed to happen - the estuary is a designated marine conservation zone!! please take the time to sign the petition; http://www.gopetitio n.com/petitions/plea se-help-to-stop-the- discharges-of-radioa ctivity-into-the-env ironment-and-atmosph ere-of-the-blackwate r-estuary-in-essex/s ignatures.html islandbouy
  • Score: 4

11:07am Wed 21 May 14

Hawthorne says...

Both the article and these responses lack even the minimum trace of science. I'm not an expert on radioactivity, ecology or the effects of Tritrium. So you know what I do? I read up on the subject before banging on about salt glowing in the dark. I now know that Tritrium is a slightly-radioactive isotope of Hydrogen, and the beta radiation from it is not strong enough to penetrate human skin. I now know that the levels of Tritrium projected to discharge are lower than recommended levels. One report on Bradwell states that the radioactive activity is indistinguishable from the normal background level found everywhere.
The Iranian man mentioned is correct in so much as if you drank the water around the discharge pipe then you would subject yourself to radioactivity that would last for roughtly 6-12 days in your body, but if you do chose to swim around a nuclear plant discharge pipe I'd suggest you have other issues and I'd welcome your removal from the gene pool to be honest.
Bottom line is that the levels of Tritrium should be of concern and monitored, but the stuff about Maldon Salt is nonsense and I'd urge anyone to read up on the subject before subscribing to the "We are all doomed" scenario and spreading damaging rumours about a local business.
Both the article and these responses lack even the minimum trace of science. I'm not an expert on radioactivity, ecology or the effects of Tritrium. So you know what I do? I read up on the subject before banging on about salt glowing in the dark. I now know that Tritrium is a slightly-radioactive isotope of Hydrogen, and the beta radiation from it is not strong enough to penetrate human skin. I now know that the levels of Tritrium projected to discharge are lower than recommended levels. One report on Bradwell states that the radioactive activity is indistinguishable from the normal background level found everywhere. The Iranian man mentioned is correct in so much as if you drank the water around the discharge pipe then you would subject yourself to radioactivity that would last for roughtly 6-12 days in your body, but if you do chose to swim around a nuclear plant discharge pipe I'd suggest you have other issues and I'd welcome your removal from the gene pool to be honest. Bottom line is that the levels of Tritrium should be of concern and monitored, but the stuff about Maldon Salt is nonsense and I'd urge anyone to read up on the subject before subscribing to the "We are all doomed" scenario and spreading damaging rumours about a local business. Hawthorne
  • Score: 11

1:53pm Wed 21 May 14

wormshero says...

Wilhemena wrote:
I was told several years ago by an Iranian man who was in charge of Health and Safety at Bradwell that to swim in the water around the Power Station would be very dangerous.... Maldon sea salt will be glowing in the dark soon and why is this story not in the National Press... it is totally unacceptable to dump radioactivity in our estuaries.!!
The glow in the dark thing always makes me laugh - I'm no expert on radioactive materials but, even only studying the sciences at a school/6th form level, I know that the whole glow in the dark thing isn't true in the slightest. It makes any other concerns in a comment seem a bit pointless.
[quote][p][bold]Wilhemena[/bold] wrote: I was told several years ago by an Iranian man who was in charge of Health and Safety at Bradwell that to swim in the water around the Power Station would be very dangerous.... Maldon sea salt will be glowing in the dark soon and why is this story not in the National Press... it is totally unacceptable to dump radioactivity in our estuaries.!![/p][/quote]The glow in the dark thing always makes me laugh - I'm no expert on radioactive materials but, even only studying the sciences at a school/6th form level, I know that the whole glow in the dark thing isn't true in the slightest. It makes any other concerns in a comment seem a bit pointless. wormshero
  • Score: 1

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