News alert: Dalgety Bay radiation sources may see area designated a ‘Radioactive Contaminated Land’

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The ongoing monitoring of a beach at Dalgety Bay has produced more “significant” radioactive finds, SEPA said on 8 November, reports Gail Milne.

Officers from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) undertaking monitoring and recovery work at Dalgety Bay said they believed they have detected another source of significant radioactive content.

The source, or sources, appear to be buried at depth and will require a specialist team and equipment to remove them.

SEPA has advised the Ministry of Defence of the find and has requested that the MoD support SEPA in recovering the source(s) so as to remove the significant hazard. If the sources were to be exposed through erosion and mobilisation over the winter period, they would pose a risk to the Dalgety Bay community.

Last night, at the request of the local MP, Gordon Brown, SEPA brought forward a meeting with officials from the MoD, the Scottish Government, the Food Standards Agency, Fife Council, the Health Protection Agency, NHS Fife and the local community. At this meeting SEPA presented the results of its most recent round of monitoring and particle retrieval work which concluded that “there appears to be a number of caches of contamination which could be managed to prevent their release into the environment.”

A full meeting of the Dalgety Bay Forum is planned for November 22.

SEPA is keen that an appropriate long term remediation plan for Dalgety Bay is developed. However, in the absence of a suitable plan, SEPA may need to designate an area around the foreshore at Dalgety Bay as Radioactive Contaminated Land to ensure the public is suitably protected.