The discovery of a substance, believed to be one that can be deadly to dogs, is being investigated. The waste was found on a beach in Marport and is being tested to see if it is solidified palm oil. Palm Oil has a wide variety of uses and is found in food, household products and biofuels.
In the last few weeks it's been found on beaches across Britain including Dumfries and Galloway. Officials there say it's thought it may have been washed ashore after being pumped from ships.
The Environment Agency says a lump of allegedly solidified palm oil has been found washed up on Maryport beach. A member of the public made the disovery. The EA says it is working with the local authority to investigate further and arrange for a safe disposal.
If members of the public find similar material on the beach they should report it to the local authority environmental health department.
– Environment Agency spokesperson
Similar discoveries have also been made on beaches in Dumfries and Galloway in recent weeks. The chalky white substance can be fatal to pets.
A Cumbrian nuclear dump site is 'virtually certain' to be eroded by rising sea levels, according to the Environment Agency.
A document seen by The Guardian newspaper says waste from the Drigg Low Level Waste Repository, near Sellafield, is going to start leaking on to the west Cumbrian shoreline in a few hundred to a few thousand years.
The operators of the site say it will take a thousand years to erode and claims that even if waste is exposed the impact will be 'very low'.
The Environment Agency is also reassuring people that it is currently safe.