Members of watersports club concerned about radioactive discharges from Bradwell Power Station

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Views of the power station from the club Views of the power station from the club

Members of a watersports club have voiced their concerns about radioactive discharges from Bradwell Power Station into the Blackwater Estuary.

The Stone Watersports Club, in St Lawrence Bay, has been established for 50 years and watersports run from the site include jetskiing, water skiing, wakeboarding and windsurfing.

But members are now concerned about metal casings surrounding spent fuel rods being dissolved at Bradwell Power Station as part of work to decommission the site.

Richard Peters, who has been a member of the Stone Watersports Club for three years, said: “We’re also concerned because we are always in the water and we have a lot of ski races that take us up that way."

Ray Bush, 64, has been a member of the club since 1996 and a committee member for two years.

He said: “I’m not very happy with it as people won’t want to go into the water again.”

Magnox, who runs the site, has said that discharges to the estuary within safe limits have already been taking place regularly for more than 50 years. 

A Magnox spokesman added: “Magnox is sensitive to the local environments in which it operates and is committed to decommissioning Bradwell with the highest regard to safety and the environment.

“Our work programme is fully compliant with regulatory requirements and we will ensure that it remains so as clean-up of the site continues."

An Environment Agency spokesman said:"We take account of impacts on the local environment when setting limits and carry out our own environmental monitoring in the local area to determine levels of radioactivity in the estuary."

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1:35pm Thu 5 Jun 14

El Presendente says...

What about all the human waste, excrement, dead animal carcasses that are floating around the Balckwater & Crouch estuary's, surely that's just as, if not as harmful to human health ?

Magnox & The Environment Agency have time & time again given reassurances when this subject frequently crops-up in the MBS. May I suggest that if anyone is genuinely concerned rather than moan to the MBS simply submit a FI (freedom of information) request and decipher the the information before jumping to often ill-founded conclusions, frequently started by unsubstantiated rumours.
What about all the human waste, excrement, dead animal carcasses that are floating around the Balckwater & Crouch estuary's, surely that's just as, if not as harmful to human health ? Magnox & The Environment Agency have time & time again given reassurances when this subject frequently crops-up in the MBS. May I suggest that if anyone is genuinely concerned rather than moan to the MBS simply submit a FI (freedom of information) request and decipher the the information before jumping to often ill-founded conclusions, frequently started by unsubstantiated rumours. El Presendente
  • Score: 6

12:35pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Hawthorne says...

El Presendente wrote:
What about all the human waste, excrement, dead animal carcasses that are floating around the Balckwater & Crouch estuary's, surely that's just as, if not as harmful to human health ?

Magnox & The Environment Agency have time & time again given reassurances when this subject frequently crops-up in the MBS. May I suggest that if anyone is genuinely concerned rather than moan to the MBS simply submit a FI (freedom of information) request and decipher the the information before jumping to often ill-founded conclusions, frequently started by unsubstantiated rumours.
Good luck with that idea. Why bother reading information and making your own mind up in a calm and rational way when it's easier just to read a sensationaistic soundbite and join in the outrage?
[quote][p][bold]El Presendente[/bold] wrote: What about all the human waste, excrement, dead animal carcasses that are floating around the Balckwater & Crouch estuary's, surely that's just as, if not as harmful to human health ? Magnox & The Environment Agency have time & time again given reassurances when this subject frequently crops-up in the MBS. May I suggest that if anyone is genuinely concerned rather than moan to the MBS simply submit a FI (freedom of information) request and decipher the the information before jumping to often ill-founded conclusions, frequently started by unsubstantiated rumours.[/p][/quote]Good luck with that idea. Why bother reading information and making your own mind up in a calm and rational way when it's easier just to read a sensationaistic soundbite and join in the outrage? Hawthorne
  • Score: 1

1:08pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Wilhemena says...

I think an independent sample of water etc from this site would bring the truth out on this worrying situation. Who does sample testing? That would really worry Magnox.
I think an independent sample of water etc from this site would bring the truth out on this worrying situation. Who does sample testing? That would really worry Magnox. Wilhemena
  • Score: 0

2:39pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Dengie D says...

El Presendente

You suggest the objectors have not make made themselves aware of the facts and started ‘unsubstantiated rumours’ then proclaim that human waste is as, or MORE harmful than radioactive waste?!

Really?
El Presendente You suggest the objectors have not make made themselves aware of the facts and started ‘unsubstantiated rumours’ then proclaim that human waste is as, or MORE harmful than radioactive waste?! Really? Dengie D
  • Score: -1

4:42pm Fri 6 Jun 14

El Presendente says...

Where did I say 'more' ? Twist my words all you like that's fine, I'm cool with that, however, the fact remains our oceans are a cesspit having been used as a dumping ground for years, for all sorts. All the fresh water run-off from the fields taking fertilizers etc. with it. Passing cargo ships flushing their holds, the list is endless.

Anyway I digressed....If you enjoy being out on the water and are worried about some 'controlled' release of spend metal casings, that's been going-on for years & monitored it's a bit like bolting the stable door after the Horse has left.

Like it or not the government have already confirmed Bradwell as a preferred choice for a new-generating nuke plant as our existing power-plants come to the end of their safe lifespans.
Where did I say 'more' ? Twist my words all you like that's fine, I'm cool with that, however, the fact remains our oceans are a cesspit having been used as a dumping ground for years, for all sorts. All the fresh water run-off from the fields taking fertilizers etc. with it. Passing cargo ships flushing their holds, the list is endless. Anyway I digressed....If you enjoy being out on the water and are worried about some 'controlled' release of spend metal casings, that's been going-on for years & monitored it's a bit like bolting the stable door after the Horse has left. Like it or not the government have already confirmed Bradwell as a preferred choice for a new-generating nuke plant as our existing power-plants come to the end of their safe lifespans. El Presendente
  • Score: 4

11:22am Mon 9 Jun 14

Hawthorne says...

Dengie D wrote:
El Presendente

You suggest the objectors have not make made themselves aware of the facts and started ‘unsubstantiated rumours’ then proclaim that human waste is as, or MORE harmful than radioactive waste?!

Really?
If you read some facts about what is being discharged, and how much of it, then yes, there's a case to be made that the human waste is more harmful. The beta-radiation from this stuff isn't strong enough to penetrate the skin, although it can be harmful if swallowed in meaningful quantities. When the station actually discharges the stuff in such quantities I'll be worried.

Of course Magnox need to be challenged and kept on their toes but it's clear that they are handling their responsibilities seriously thus far. Unbiased testing is already done, and the results have been in the public domain for many years. Calling it a 'worrying situation' as Wilhemena does merely means that you haven't bothered to read that stuff.

This is a serious local issue and needs serious debate. If there was a genuine threat then I'd be painting my own placard. As it stands however, if I was a member of BANNG, I'd have real misgivings about their leadership if they can't raise the level of their debate above "Oooh this looks scary! Your kids will be glowing in the dark!"

As for the watersports club...well the power station hasn't suddenly appeared. If you've been waterskiing around the estuary for this long I reckon you've probably come to terms with any perceived risks by now. I doubt, for example, that there's an Everglades Sub-Aqua Club. If the risks are too great then you move on I guess.
[quote][p][bold]Dengie D[/bold] wrote: El Presendente You suggest the objectors have not make made themselves aware of the facts and started ‘unsubstantiated rumours’ then proclaim that human waste is as, or MORE harmful than radioactive waste?! Really?[/p][/quote]If you read some facts about what is being discharged, and how much of it, then yes, there's a case to be made that the human waste is more harmful. The beta-radiation from this stuff isn't strong enough to penetrate the skin, although it can be harmful if swallowed in meaningful quantities. When the station actually discharges the stuff in such quantities I'll be worried. Of course Magnox need to be challenged and kept on their toes but it's clear that they are handling their responsibilities seriously thus far. Unbiased testing is already done, and the results have been in the public domain for many years. Calling it a 'worrying situation' as Wilhemena does merely means that you haven't bothered to read that stuff. This is a serious local issue and needs serious debate. If there was a genuine threat then I'd be painting my own placard. As it stands however, if I was a member of BANNG, I'd have real misgivings about their leadership if they can't raise the level of their debate above "Oooh this looks scary! Your kids will be glowing in the dark!" As for the watersports club...well the power station hasn't suddenly appeared. If you've been waterskiing around the estuary for this long I reckon you've probably come to terms with any perceived risks by now. I doubt, for example, that there's an Everglades Sub-Aqua Club. If the risks are too great then you move on I guess. Hawthorne
  • Score: 2

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