Richard Bramhall. Referring to The GEM’s recent article on the dumping of mud from Hinkley Point in the Bristol Channel, campaigners oppose the dumping not because of ‘passion’ but because of science. EDF’s references to bananas, radon and cosmic rays are unscientific. Potassium40 (in the bananas), radon and cosmic rays are evenly distributed in body tissue and the radiation effects are well understood. The radioactive particles which EdF refuses to look for in the mud are quite different. The UN has published data showing enormous amounts of particulates from Hinkley Point. These are microscopic fragments of uranium oxide and probably plutonium which are small enough to inhale. From the lung they can travel anywhere in the body — to the lymph nodes, for example. Such particles emit very short-range radiations all the time, continually hitting the cells within a few microns. To treat this as an average all-body dose is like thinking you can safely keep your baby warm by tucking a soldering iron into her babygro. The Government laboratory that tested mud samples did not use techniques capable of detecting uranium or plutonium. This is why campaigners demand thorough testing.
Barry GEM 28th May 2018 read more »