MoD confirms date for clean-up of radioactive contamination at Fife beach

Dalgety Bay beach (Pic: Ian Rutherford/TSPL)Dalgety Bay beach (Pic: Ian Rutherford/TSPL)
Dalgety Bay beach (Pic: Ian Rutherford/TSPL)
The long-awaited clean up of radioactive pollution from Dalgety Bay beach will begin next Spring.

Ministry of Defence (MoD) contractors have submitted a licence to start work on the foreshore - and they could start in April.

The company, Balfour Beatty has applied for to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for the necessary radiological licence week.

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Work was due to start last summer, but postponed while licences were applied for and because of the requirement not to disturb nesting birds.

David Salmond, head of major projects at the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), said:

“We regret the previous delay to this important work.

“Every effort was made to work with our partners to begin the removal of radiological contamination at Dalgety Bay during the summer, but regrettably the application for the necessary licence to SEPA was delayed.”

The project will clear the beach of contaminant material and put a barrier in place to prevent any other material coming to the surface.

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