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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.

Environment Agency to prosecute Sellafield

The company that runs the Sellafield nuclear site, Sellafield Limited, is to be prosecuted over a 'waste disposal incident.'

It's after allegations the company sent and disposed of four bags of low level radioactive waste from it's west Cumbrian site in 2010.

The company faces nine charges; eight charges have been brought by the Environment Agency and one charge brought by the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

The Environment Agency charges are brought under the Radioactive Substances Act and Environmental Permitting Regulation.

The Office for Nuclear Regulation charge is brought under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009.

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