To facilitate comparison of the various surveys carried out in the Plymouth area, results from the Environment Agency (EA)/Food Standards Agency (FSA)/ Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and Babcock surveys can be seen by following the links below. These are the latest published reports. Some differences between the results are to be expected because of the statistical uncertainties inherent in the measurement of radioactivity at the low levels present in the environment.

Available Reports:


Babcock makes regular surveys of radioactivity in the marine environment in accordance with the requirements of its Permit for the discharge of radioactive waste, issued by the Environment Agency.

Monitoring for radioactivity is carried out at various locations along the banks of the Rivers Tamar, Lyner, Tavy and Plym. Measurements are made of environmental gamma dose rates and samples are taken of the sediment along the low waterline, and of seaweed, mussels and river water at various points. The monitoring points and arrangements for monitoring, sampling and analysis have been agreed with the Environment Agency.

Link: Babcock Environmental Monitoring Report 2016


The link below takes you to the Radioactivity in Food and the Environment annual report, RIFE-21. This report combines the results of independent monitoring for radioactivity in the environment carried out by the Environment Agency and Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) on behalf of the Food Standards Agency.

Link: RIFE-21