Page last updated at 09:51 GMT, Thursday, 18 December 2008

Concrete plan for radiation beach

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

A Fife beach may have to be partially covered in concrete to seal radiation hotspots.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency said 39 radioactive items were detected in September at Dalgety Bay.

It said a dose would be low for an adult, but would potentially be significant for a child.

The contamination is thought to be the legacy of aircraft waste that was incinerated and then dumped as landfill to help reclaim some coastline.

Aircraft were dismantled at a former nearby airfield at the end of World War II.

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

Colin Bayes, Sepa's director of environmental protection, said: "In Sepa's view, the most practical solution involves breaking the pathway between the radioactive sources and the public.

"This could be achieved in a variety of ways, for example erecting clearer signage or concreting the areas where the highest concentrations of particles have been found.

"The powers to make these things happen rest with a number of the agencies round the table and we are keen to work with them all to help find the right way forward."

Print Sponsor

Seven radioactive spots on beach
15 Sep 08 |  Edinburgh, East and Fife
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

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

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


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific