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Scottish beach still radioactive after 60 years

23 drums of radioactive waste have been removed. Two years ago SEPA said particles found on the beach could give a child a potentially lethal dose of radiation and suggested partially covering the “hot spot” in concrete……Experts admit the particles could kill if they found their way inside the body.

Families allowed on Fife beach awash with radiation « Deadline Press & Picture Agency, Amanda MacMillan, 15 Nov 10, THE clean-up of a Fife beach has been halted putting families at risk of potentially lethal radiation.For years radioactive waste has been found at the beach in Dalgety Bay which is thought to come from the luminous dials of wrecked warplanes.Defence Estates, the MoD’s land agents, began removing the material two years ago after experts warned it posed a serious risk.

But now the clean-up has been halted and no agreement has been reached with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to resume, despite warnings the problem is set to get worse.

Phil Dale, SEPA’s radioactive substances specialist, said: “If you don’t keep removing these particles the potential for people to be exposed increases.”

Scientists are currently assessing waste and if the risks are found to be significant and Defence Estates fail to put in place a proper recovery programmes SEPA may take enforcement action.

Mr Dale added: “The law places a duty on SEPA to investigate areas believed to have radioactive activity.

“So far we haven’t had a response from Defence Estates. We will pursue them if nothing is forthcoming.”

Dalgety Bay is home to one of Scotland’s largest sailing clubs and is a growing commuter town.

It was previously the site of Donibristle Airfield, where hundreds of aircraft were bulldozed after World War 2.

Parts of the planes – including the luminous dials – were incinerated and the waste tipped out along the coast.

A monitoring team from Rosyth Naval Base discovered the area was contaminated in 1990.

Since then 23 drums of radioactive waste have been removed. Two years ago SEPA said particles found on the beach could give a child a potentially lethal dose of radiation and suggested partially covering the “hot spot” in concrete……

Experts admit the particles could kill if they found their way inside the body.

There is nothing to prevent families accessing the beach and only small signs warn of the risks…….

Councillor Alice McGarry, who represents Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay, said that more has to be done: “People can’t smell, see or taste this stuff and unless the beach and the area around is cordoned off they’ll be at risk.

“The fact that the MoD has stopped monitoring and removing these particles is unforgivable.

“Enough is enough. They have an obligation to clean up the beach…..

Families allowed on Fife beach awash with radiation « Deadline Press & Picture Age

November 15, 2010 - Posted by | environment, UK | , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. it is a shame that ‘carbon’ has taken over the green movement, whereas life cycle needs to be met and having all that radioactive spent fuel rods (casks) at all the (USA) nuke plants and in spent fuel pools is WORSE ! Read up on the closing of Millstone 1. Maine Yankee plant is gone except the spent fuel ! All waiting for government action ! So sad the poplulation remains complacient about such as serious problem. The one chance to ‘bury’ it at Yacca Mountain and the democrats and Obama intervene. On one hand loan guarantees to build more while cutting funding. THe Native American Indian says it all. White man (obama?) speaks with forked tongue !

    Stop the insanity !

    Comment by BR | November 16, 2010 | Reply


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