The Cardiff site of Nycomed Amersham emits radioactive isotopes to the
air and sewer every day
In storm conditions the sewers overflow and discharge radioactivity into
the Taff at Whitchurch Brook about 60 times a year
Taff fish are high in radioactive tritium
Sediment and eels in the Taff are high in radioactivity
Recent MAFF monitoring of Estuary birds found world record levels of
There is radioactive tritium and other radiionuclides
in Cardiff’s air, water and inside everyone living here. Vegetables are found
with 50-100 units compared to ‘natural’ levels of 3-5 units. (Bq/Kg). Grass
measurements have shown 1100 units; a sample of blackberries had 9000 units.
Fish caught locally have up to 50,000 units, sediment and eels in the Taff
5,000 units and eels at Blackweir 17,000 units. A shelduck measured showed
60875 total tritium Bq/kg. These are government monitoring figures on the
Nycomed Amersham plc Cardiff Site discharge under
licence. People are assured that the radioactivity in our environment is safe.
But low level radiation over time is thought by some scientists to be
linked with many diseases, including
cancers, thyroid, asthma and birth defects. Effects on the DNA have been
Community Concern is a citizen group formed more than three years ago. Representation
has been made to the European Parliament to seek reductions in the discharges
to the environment and a full scale epidemiological health survey to establish
that there is no harm to public health from the daily radioactive discharges
The current application by Nycomed Amersham will
result in no actual reduction in radioactive discharge in spite of a public announcement early in
1999 that they would reduce discharges by at least 50% .
Community Concern feel that the ecological and
health impact of the radioactive discharges should be taken seriously. The
creation of nuclear waste should be minimised. The Precautionary Principle
should be applied for the health of present and future generations.
The Environment Agency
consultation to consider the Nycomed Amersham plc Cardiff Site application has
started.. You can send your comments for consideration in the Consultation process to: Mr. Doug Withey at the
Environment Agency , Abacus House, St Mellons, Cardiff.