Heads up anyone up north . . http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2011/11/08/new-radiation-finds-at-fife-beach-pose-significant-hazard-environmental-agency-says-86908-23546908/
New radiation finds at Fife beach pose 'significant hazard', environmental agency says
"SIGNIFICANT" sources of radiation that could pose a risk to the public if exposed have been found on the same beach where around 200 radioactive particles have been discovered previously.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said the material appeared to be buried on the beach at Dalgety Bay in Fife.
Sepa said the sources of the radiation were a "significant hazard" and if they were exposed through erosion or movement, they would "pose a risk to the Dalgety Bay community".
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been told about the find.
Sepa has also warned that an area around the foreshore at Dalgety Bay could be designated Radioactive Contaminated Land for the public protection. The group called for a long-term plan to deal with the problem.
They also advised anyone using the beach not to remove any material and to wash their hands following any visit.
Radioactive material was first detected on the foreshore of Dalgety Bay in 1990.
It is thought the contamination comes from residue of radium-coated instrument panels used on military aircraft, which were incinerated and land-filled in the area at the end of the Second World War.
Monitoring has been undertaken by both Sepa and the MoD, with radioactive material being periodically removed.
The latest round of monitoring began on September 12.
Last month, a lump of contaminated metal was found on the beach, prompting the closure of parts of the foreshore.
It was 10 times more contaminated than any found before at the beach.
Sepa has presented its findings to the MoD, Scottish Government, Food Standards Agency, Fife Council, the Health Protection Agency and the NHS.
A Sepa statement said: "At this meeting, Sepa presented the results of its most recent round of monitoring and particle retrieval work, which concluded that there appears to be a number of caches of contamination which could be managed to prevent their release into the environment.
"A full meeting of the Dalgety Bay Forum is planned for November 22.
"Sepa is keen that an appropriate long-term remediation plan for Dalgety Bay is developed.
"However, in the absence of a suitable plan, Sepa may need to designate an area around the foreshore at Dalgety Bay as Radioactive Contaminated Land to ensure the public is suitably protected".