SEPA defends Dalgety Bay radiation work

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has been forced to defend its work on radioactive contamination at Dalgety Bay in Fife after its reports were questioned by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and a government minister

In June, SEPA published two reports on Dalgety Bay which is affected by radioactive contamination from aircraft instrument dials made luminous with radium-226 paint. Old aircraft were scrapped at an MoD site in Dalgety Bay and debris ended up in the Firth of Forth.

SEPA’s risk assessment concluded that the site met the legal test for designation as radioactive contaminated land ( while its ‘appropriate persons’ report named the MoD as solely legally responsible (

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