SEPA update on Dalgety Bay - long term solution identified

date10 July 2014

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) warmly welcomes the report published today (10 July) from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) containing proposals for dealing with the radioactive contamination at Dalgety Bay in Fife.

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The MoD report proposes a programme of works involving the removal of the higher activity sources on the beach and encapsulation of the remaining contamination.

SEPA understands the proposed works would commence soon, after appropriate permissions are granted by regulatory authorities and that they would be phased over a number of years with priority given to higher risk areas in the initial phases and completion of all works by the end of 2018.

As the programme of works should both remove the higher activity sources from the foreshore and prevent public access to the remaining contamination, we believe that it should provide an appropriate level of protection for the public.  Once the works have been completed and verified we anticipate that all the current restrictions at the beach will be lifted and the public will be allowed unrestricted access to the foreshore.

Following successful implementation of the works SEPA will adopt a programme of monitoring of the area to demonstrate the continuing effectiveness of the remediation and give the necessary public reassurances.

Calum MacDonald, Executive Director of SEPA said:

The proposed works outlined today by MoD provide a long term solution to the radium contamination of Dalgety Bay which if successful will allow the public to use the entire area again in an unrestricted manner.  We welcome the proposals and will continue to work with MoD, Fife Council and other partners as detailed plans for the works are developed and implemented.  If these works are completed successfully SEPA considers that this will allow the closure of this long running issue”.

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