MoD deny knowledge of UK radioactive waste report

The Ministry of Defence has denied any knowledge of a 1958 report that warned of the radioactive risks to sites where wartime aircraft were broken down.

In a letter to SNP MSP Annabelle Ewing, UK Minister for Defence Andrew Robathan said there was “no record of the report”.

The Mid Scotland and Fife MSP, which covers Dalgety Bay, said she was disappointed the MoD has failed to undertake a full investigation as to why the report was not passed on to the relevant department.

She said:

“Mr Robathan’s reply is disappointing as it does not detail why this report was not passed on to the relevant department.

“The MoD is not investigating why the Disposal of Radioactive Waste report failed to reach the appropriate department – despite it saying that records should be kept and “handed on to future users of the land”.

“The people of Fife will be aghast that – after years of misery and mistakes about radioactive material at the beach – the MoD has refused to look into why this report was overlooked.

“The safety of the people of Fife must come first – but the MoD’s refusal to take this matter forward and address my concerns about what other information could have been withheld raises serious questions.

“It is outrageous the MoD continues to shirk its responsibilities – particularly as a third “significantly radioactive” particle was found only last week outside a cordoned-off area at Dalgety Bay.”