Action needed as radiation scares grow

Following news that four new sites in Scotland have been identified with radiation, SNP MSPs are calling for urgent action to ensure people’s safety.

The four sites are RAF Kinloss, RAF Machrihanish, former Defence Aviation Repair Agency (DARA) near Perth and former military land at Stirling Forthside – all in addition to the contamination found at Dalgety Bay.

SNP MSP for Highland and Islands Mike Mackenzie said: “With four new sites identified with radium pollution, the Ministry of Defence’s action must be open and transparent – especially after the failures at Dalgety Bay, which still haven’t been resolved.

“There are now five Scottish communities affected by radiation, which is extremely bad news.

“The MoD need to relay the fears of people living in these communities – and they must work fast to clean up any hazardous material that could be detrimental to public health.”

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead said: “This news is an unwelcome surprise. Although it is certainly not unusual for airfields to have some degree of contamination, if radium is present at the Kinloss base then I would have thought the MoD should have been cleaning this up before the army arrives.

“There is also the debate about allowing other non-defence uses to be found for parts of the site, such as business development, and this issue will have to be sorted out sooner rather than later to ensure the site is suitable.”

Perthshire South and Kinross-shire SNP MSP Roseanna Cunningham said: "I am very concerned to learn that Almondbank has been named as one of those sites with issues regarding historic radium contamination.

"I will be seeking further details regarding the extent and severity of the contamination.

"The MoD and the UK Government need to clean up their act, both literally and figuratively.

"They need to be open and honest about contamination at sites like Almondbank and they need to accept responsibility for cleaning up the mess they have made over the years."