Concern is a group formed in 1998. It represents communities living in and
around Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, UK.
People are worried about the potential health and hereditary effects on
the population from the low level ionising radiation, which is discharged daily
into Cardiff’s atmosphere and to the sewers.
Cardiff has been called, ‘Tritium City’ by
Friends of the Earth because of the high levels of tritium and other
radioactive isotopes discharged into the environment by Nycomed Amersham plc
Cardiff site. This nuclear site is in North Cardiff, a highly populated city.
Apart from discharging to the air and sewers, NA have a radioactive store on
the flood plains of the river Taff, which runs through Cardiff to the Severn
Estuary. Tritium, Carbon 14 and Iodine 125 are the three most common nuclides
discharged from the Cardiff site
Local people are concerned by the high levels of
radioactivity found in the food by MAFF’s quarterly monitoring. The National
Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) states that there is no safe dose of radiation. Furthermore, the effects of ionising
radiation are additive and cumulative, dependent on their half-lives.
effects are associated with low-level ionising radiation and many people are in
the plume of discharge from this plant.
More than a 1,000 people signed a petition, which was accepted by the
European Parliament in 1999. After an announcement by the First Secretary of
Wales that the discharges were safe, a further petition of concern was
presented to the Petitions Committee in October 2000, when the petition was
debated. The Parliament’s Petition Committee decided to keep the Cardiff Petition
open and have referred it to other committees.
Community Concern held a conference at County Hall. Professor Frank Barnaby and Professor Alice Stewart were guest
speakers with the barrister, Hugo Charlton, The group have had meetings with
members of the National Assembly for Wales, the Environment Agency, Bro Taf
Health Authority and with members of the European Parliament. Eurig Wyn, MEP, is currently funding an
epidemiological survey for Community Concern around the Cardiff site of Nycomed
New members are welcome.
Contact: Norma Procter; email -
Contact: Gill Griffin; email