At least ten months of engagement, trials, approvals and tendering will be needed before work can start on cleaning up radioactive radium-226 at Dalgety Bay in Fife, according to a report for the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
The simplest solution would be to fence off parts of the bay to prevent human contact according to the remediation options appraisal report published on 22 January.
But this is considered unlikely to be acceptable to local residents. Other options include capping parts of the beach with concrete or coastal defence ‘rock armour’. Radium-226 contaminated material could be removed through excavation, screening and disposal.