Another Radioactive Coast – probe reveals alarming amount of toxic waste dumped off the coast of Scotland
Where does radioactive waste go when there’s nowhere to store it safely? Unfortunately, the answer seems to be… everywhere and anywhere. In this case, dumped into the sea off the coast of Scotland. Not to mention the attempt to remediate Scottish waste at Dounreay, also back in the news.
Radioactive Coast – our probe reveals alarming amount of toxic waste dumped at sea
ANDREW PICKEN / SundayPost.com 9 NOVEMBER 2014
“The full scale of how much radioactive waste has been dumped in Scotland’s seas can today be revealed for the first time.
A Sunday Post investigation has uncovered documents which show more than 75,000 luminised dials coated with radium were tipped into the Tay Estuary after the Second World War.
Archive files from the 1950s also reveal how radioactive waste from a Dundee radio valve plant was secretly dropped into the waters below the Forth Bridge, less than a mile from a radium-contaminated beach at Dalgety Bay in Fife.
The archive files also show other dump sites around Scotland and how waste and sludge from nuclear submarines based at Rosyth Dockyard was regularly being deposited in the Firth of Forth during the 1960s.
Green MSP Alison Johnstone said: “Scotland’s environment has for too long been treated as expendable…”