Restrictions on milk consumption
Headline of a British newspaper : "Uranium rods overheated in in pile. Control of radioactivity check And the milk supply ban ". Authorities had to limit consumption of locally produced milk. A ban on milk was thus imposed on October 12 for a short period of time. The main concern was the presence in milk of iodine 131, a radioactive isotope of 8 days half-life. The cores of the two piles were unloaded after the fire, with the exception of 15 tonnes of fuel in the damaged area. The removal of these 15 tons was undertaken in 1999 by UKEA (the UK CEA) as part of the decommissioning of Windscale.