Page last updated at 12:55 GMT, Monday, 15 September 2008 13:55 UK

Seven radioactive spots on beach

Dalgety Bay
Dalgety Bay was the site of a World War II airfield

Scientists monitoring a beach in Fife for radioactive hotspots say they have discovered seven contaminated areas.

Local people are worried Dalgety Bay may now be placed on a new register for radioactively contaminated land.

It follows previous monitoring over a number of years which found dozens of hotspots, thought to be the legacy of luminous dials from wartime aircraft.

Radioactive radium in the dials was thought to have been incinerated and used when the foreshore was reclaimed.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has been assessing the likelihood of encountering a radioactive particle.

Dalgety Bay was the site of a World War II airfield, where many aircraft were dismantled.

Incinerated dials

The dials in the planes were coated with radioactive radium so that they could be read at night.

It is thought the dials were incinerated along with other waste and later tipped on the land and used to help reclaim some of the coastline.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) is including a wider area of the beach in its survey than previously.

Sepa has advised people not to take any materials away and to wash their hands after being on the beach.

Community council chairman Colin McPhail said the issue, which was first discovered in 1990, had dragged on for too long and should be resolved as quickly as possible.


SEE ALSO
Beach radiation tests all clear
21 Dec 07 |  South of Scotland
Scans clear beaches of radiation
02 Aug 07 |  Highlands and Islands
Call for beach radiation warning
28 Mar 07 |  North East/N Isles
Radiation alert firm told to stop
13 Dec 06 |  North East/N Isles
Warnings for Fife radiation beach
04 Apr 06 |  Scotland
Radioactivity tests at Fife beach
13 Jan 06 |  Scotland

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific