MP calls for radiation beach meeting to be brought forward as further particles found

As further radioactive sources are found on a beach in Dalgety Bay, the town’s MP has met again with the chairman of Dalgety Bay Community Council to propose concrete steps to remedy local contamination.

For years now Gordon Brown has been working alongside the community council and with MSP Helen Eadie to ensure that the site is being properly monitored and that reports are produced on the radiation threat posed from the breakup of old wartime planes from the MoD’s Donibristle air base.

Left, Colin McPhail, chair of Dalgety Bay Community Council, with Gordon brown MP at the Dalgety Bay beach

Left, Colin McPhail, chair of Dalgety Bay Community Council, with Gordon brown MP at the Dalgety Bay beach

Today the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP said: “A further 33 sources were recovered from Dalgety Bay intertidal area on Saturday, 22 October which brings the total sources recovered by SEPA to 326 since September 2011.”

Mr Brown said: “Given this large increase in the number of sources being found over such a short period and the fact that the levels of a recent find of metal were ten times higher than anything ever found before, I have asked SEPA to bring forward the meeting of the Dalgety Bay Radiation Forum from the 22nd November. I do this because I feel there is an urgent need for this forum to come together and discuss these recent finding. Secondly, I have written to NHS Fife to seek assurance that every precaution has been taken and to reassure local residents that there is no cancer threat in the area as a result of these latest development, and thirdly, I have already written to the MoD raising my concern at these latest findings and specifically asking them to bring forward proposals for a remediation plan as recommended by SEPA.”

Dalgety Bay Community Council chairman, Colin McPhail, said: “We have worked alongside Gordon on this issue over many years and we are backing his calls for action to be taken and a remediation plan to be brought forward. We will continue to work with all members of the Radiation Forum but we feel the MoD must increase its participation and look to a solution.”

SEPA has said that due to continuing high number of finds, monitoring of the affected area remains incomplete and but is due to resume.