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Cumbria flooding: Environment Agency issues alert on Drigg nuclear waste site - The Ecologist

Cumbria flooding: Environment Agency issues alert on Drigg nuclear waste site - The Ecologist

Standing water, sometimes contaminated with low levels of radioactivity, is present in approximately half of the containers at the tops of stacks ... Corrosion, sometimes fully penetrating, is present in some container lids at the tops of stacks It's no secret that Cumbria in northern England has been repeatedly hit by torrential rain and wind this month. But there has been little media focus on what this means for nuclear waste buried at Drigg, the UKs 'Low Level Waste Repository ', located near the Sellafield nuclear site on the Cumbrian coast. Yesterday the Environment Agency issued a flood alert for the River Irt which runs alongside the Drigg nuclear dump. The Environment Agency’s flood map illustrates the River Irt inundating the Drigg site on the southward side with floodwater also encroaching from the northward side. This has not actually happened yet - the map (ri...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/campaigning/2986745/cumbria_f...

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