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'Solidified Palm Oil' found on Maryport beach

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.

Nuclear dump 'virtually certain' to be eroded

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.


'Hedgehogs' help provide refuge for Cumbria's fish stocks

Fish experts are concerned that stocks of our native species are declining in Cumbria's famous lakes - so the Environment Agency is trying a novel approach to protect them.

Protective shelters have been installed in Bassenthwaite Lake to help fish evade predators.

Patrol officers will use a remote controlled boat to help them check the shelters.

Matthew Taylor went to find out more.

Hedgehog refuges used for first time in north of England

The 'hedgehog' equipment bringing a boost to the fish stocks in the lake Credit: ITV News

The refuges protect growing fish from predators and will help the fish stocks in the area to increase.

It is the first time equipment like this has been used in the north of England.

Andrew Booth from the Environment Agency prepares to head out on a survey boat Credit: ITV News

How hedgehog homes are helping fish stocks

The Environment Agency is revisiting a Cumbrian lake where hedgehog shaped refuges were installed last year to help protect fish stocks.

Bassenthwaite is the first English lake to use the spiky constructions which provide shelter and a safe haven from predators.

A remote control boat will help monitor how well they are working.


Cumbria on flood alert

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the Rivers Caldew and Petteril.

Heavy and persistent rain is expected to spread in from the west, lasting until Sunday. The rain and widespread snowmelt means there is a possibility of flooding.

All of Cumbria will be affected, mainly on higher grounds. Flooding is possible for the rivers from the Lakeland fells to where they meet the Eden in Carlisle, including Greystoke, Newton Reigny, Plumpton, Stockdalewath, Sebergham and Denton Holme in Carlisle.

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