Radioactive...

Wood field

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Not sure your age but the info you've given and remembering Seascale was one of the the worst nuclear disasters in the world (at the time, at least)... it wouldn't surprise me.

IIRC hyper thyroid is common link to radiation
I am too old šŸ˜‚ (58) this year
Started apprenticeship at 16 in 1980 so would have been 81 or 82 when we were next to the transport flasks , had thyroid removed in 1989 at Scarborough hospital after our local GP said they donā€™t do thyroid op anymore.
 

le bon paysan

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unlacedgecko

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Given the way the Russian military have been behaving in the exclusion zone, there maybe more fallout shortly.

Digging trench systems in the red forest? Let's hope they didn't use any explosive excavation.
 
Japan was grappling with the issue of releasing all that stored water they have on site that contains tritium and there is no way to separate it. May as well release that lot into the sea in all honesty.

The Earth, it's continental crust and the oceans are all all naturally radioactive and have been since the Earth was formed. The main issue is in organisms that concentrate certain elements. In grass, which naturally wants to suck up potassium as it grows, it will tend to collect up certain heavy metals as well, and it doesn't know if this is radioactive or not. Of course, livestock then consume the grass and accumulate the radioactive elements.
 

Jerry

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We had radiation here on Dartmoor & also in Wales as rain fell on both places as the radio active cloud passed over, for the next 20 years our lambs had to be marked specially when sold so they could be checked for radiation content

Funny in a way considering Dartmoor I has a fairly high background radiation level with all the radon coming out the granite.
 
As she had any health issues associated with that work, years ago?

No not really, as @Y Fan Wen said she was only working in the sheep pens, probably spent less time with radio active sheep than the farmers did. She would be in and out of the farm, probably only putting the scanner on their backs or painting them red, not even handling the sheep, then on to the next place.
The farmers would be with those sheep nearly all day, from gathering to handling and sorting them in the pens to taking them back or on to other pastures, on a dry day even breathing the dust from the pens etc.
 
I am too old šŸ˜‚ (58) this year
Started apprenticeship at 16 in 1980 so would have been 81 or 82 when we were next to the transport flasks , had thyroid removed in 1989 at Scarborough hospital after our local GP said they donā€™t do thyroid op anymore.

I would guess that the dose rate collected by someone living/working by those transport flasks would be very very low. I doubt you recieved any appreciable exposure from working by them. The ballast used on the railway tracks would be emitting more.
 

Still Farming

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No not really, as @Y Fan Wen said she was only working in the sheep pens, probably spent less time with radio active sheep than the farmers did. She would be in and out of the farm, probably only putting the scanner on their backs or painting them red, not even handling the sheep, then on to the next place.
The farmers would be with those sheep nearly all day, from gathering to handling and sorting them in the pens to taking them back or on to other pastures, on a dry day even breathing the dust from the pens etc.
Never find out the true outcome possibly .
Think contaminated stock were condemned for years.
 
No not really, as @Y Fan Wen said she was only working in the sheep pens, probably spent less time with radio active sheep than the farmers did. She would be in and out of the farm, probably only putting the scanner on their backs or painting them red, not even handling the sheep, then on to the next place.
The farmers would be with those sheep nearly all day, from gathering to handling and sorting them in the pens to taking them back or on to other pastures, on a dry day even breathing the dust from the pens etc.

The sheep, even if radioactive, would pose no danger to anyone working with them or amongst them. The risk would only be applicable where they were slaughtered and their meat was being consumed or maybe where they were milked and someone was consuming the milk.

All meat and milk in the world today will contain tiny tiny amounts of naturally occurring radioactive material because of the presence of things like potassium-40 in the soil.
 

Old Boar

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Every year, from 1959 to 1965, as a child, my mother would take us to Seascale to visit Granny, and we always went to a particular spot to swim off the beach as the sea was warmer there for then unknown reasons.
3 small readybrek children...
We only realised years later when they changed the name to Sellafield why the sea was warmer.
 

Hesstondriver

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We watched Ben Foggel wandering around Chernobyl on tv yesterday. Filmed in 2020. He was wearing a face mask for covid . Tbh I would have thought covid the least of heā€™s worries wandering around inside the exclusion zone !
 

Wood field

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Every year, from 1959 to 1965, as a child, my mother would take us to Seascale to visit Granny, and we always went to a particular spot to swim off the beach as the sea was warmer there for then unknown reasons.
3 small readybrek children...
We only realised years later when they changed the name to Sellafield why the sea was warmer.
Used to catch some lovely sized sea bass next to the warm water outlet by Heysham power station šŸ¤”
 

Wood field

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Funny stuff radiation, worked on the JET project nr Abingdon years ago , we were dressed in space suits inside the reactor
Around our necks inside the suite was a dossimeter (sp) it would start beep beep beeping every so often yet only a meter further on it would screech as you got near a ā€œhot spotā€
The things you do to pay the bills!
 

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Man fined Ā£300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistratesā€™ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbotā€™s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined Ā£150 each and ordered to pay a Ā£15 offenderā€™s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gillā€™s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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