By Martin Kelly
The Ministry of Defence has today accepted responsibility for the radioactive pollution that has blighted one of Scotland’s most popular coastlines.
In a report published this evening, the MoD has pledged £10m towards a plan to remove radioactive material from Daglety Bay and reinforce, replace and extend coastal rock armour.

In a statement issued this evening, Defence minister Andrew Murrison said: "We are committed to supporting the Dalgety Bay community and, whilst the risk to the public has always been very low, this report sets out a clear and strong strategy to address the radium contamination on the beach.

"We continue to work with Sepa and the council to achieve agreement on their future responsibilities and a definitive solution as soon as possible."

Sepa Executive Director Calum MacDonald 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."

Councillor David Ross, the leader of Fife Council, added: "I am pleased with the commitment in principle from MoD to deliver the necessary remedial coastal protection works.

"The council looks forward to being involved through the design and planning phases and in the development and implementation of the proposals."

Welcoming the pledge to clean-up the area and the acceptance by the Ministry of Defence that it was responsible for the radioactive contamination, the SNP called for clean-up operations to begin as soon as possible.
Commenting, SNP MSP Annabelle Ewing said:
"Residents of Dalgety Bay and Fifers from across the Kingdom have been waiting decades for this mess to be cleaned up – so I am glad that some progress has been made on this issue and that the MoD has finally accepted responsibility."

Last week Newsnet Scotland revealed that UK Minister Murrison wanted the local authority to contribute to the clean-up, saying that the cost of maintaining sea defences, "would ordinarily and most appropriately fall to Fife Council."
Ms Ewing added: "Local residents will also be keen to ensure that Fife Council is not left out of pocket by any aspect of the clean-up – it would be entirely unacceptable for vital local services to be put at risk to pay for the UK Government’s mistakes.
"With this management plan now agreed on by key stakeholders, work to clean up the MoD’s mess must begin as soon as possible - and the UK Government must take steps to ensure that this type of thing never happens again so that communities like Dalgety Bay never have to live with this kind of radioactive contamination again."


# bringiton 2014-07-10 20:12
The only way to ensure that this doesn't happen again is to get rid of the MoD.
Interesting that the MoD have agreed "in principle" to this cleanup a few weeks before the referendum.
Coincidence of course.
# src19 2014-07-10 21:03
And who popped up on BBC Reporting tonight Gordon Useless Brown, It's like there is BBC Scotland Camera Crew stationed at his front door.

Brown knew about this Radioactive pollution for 13 Years when in power as Chancellor/PM Brown did nothing and he also knew about it nearly 28 years earlier but did nothing. This was posted previously by a poster here :-

“The Dunfermline Press 17th November 2011 From Our Files 25 Years Ago

 A Royal Navy spokesman denied that Rosyth Naval Dockyard could be held responsible for the discovery of Caesium-137 on the banks of the Forth. Dunfermline East MP Gordon Brown was to quiz Scottish Office ministers over radiation levels in Fife after an expert investigation into concentration of CS-137 and other isotopes on the Fife coastline.
Friday 21st November 1986 “
# fynesider 2014-07-10 22:59
Why don't they say "Get it cleaned up and then send us the final bill"?

I doubt if £10M will be enough..!
# Jacque De Molay 2014-07-10 23:13
So nice of the MOD to act in the manner that they should have done several years ago...are we to applaud?
# Breeks 2014-07-11 05:21
And the depleted uranium shells fired into the sea off Kirkcudbrightsh ire? Are they cleaning up that filth too? Or looking for another loophole to "place" more poison into the Solway Firth?
And then of course there's Beaufort's Dyke and the tons of munitions dumped into the sea.
This from the Westminster Government, who are awfully comfortable with the nuclear industry, but whom we're expected to trust with nuclear waste.
I'd trust the BBC first, and that's not going to happen. The only renewables Wesminster gives Scotland is pollution which renews itself for 10,000 years.
And last point, exactly where are they going to bury the waste from Dalgety Bay? A humanitarian gift of sand bags for the fighting in Iraq or Syria?

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