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Radiation levels 'negligible'
West Gerinish missile testing range on South Uist
Radiation levels are said to be negligible at the West Gerinish site
A report into possible radioactive contamination of a missile testing range in the Western Isles has found levels of radiation to be negligible.

Radioactive material was buried at West Gerinish on South Uist 25 years ago.

Locals claim that there could be a link between a high incidence of cancer and the radioactive material.

The 10-day survey was carried out by the Ministry of Defence amid fears poisonous substances, such as Cobalt 60, could have contaminated the site.

Underground drums

The Department of Health and the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment requested that the survey be carried out.

The site was cleared in 1980 with the Cobalt 60 stored in drums underground.

Subsequent testing of the site has found no evidence of leakage.

The survey covered a large area, including much of the foreshore.

However, local people had wanted the study carried out by an independent firm, rather than the MoD.

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