Balfour Beatty has started the remediation of Dalgety Bay yesterday (17th May) after being awarded a £10.5m contract for the scheme last year. The EASR 18 permit enables the remediation contract starting from this day.
This program will allow the removal of radioactive contamination from the foreshore at Bay in Fife, after the radioactive material was first detected on Dalgety Bay foreshore in 1990. Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued a permit for the activity.
SEPA has come with an overview that the contamination originated from the residue of radium-coated instrument panels of military aircraft that were burned and buried at the end of World War II.
SEPA also identified several caches of particles through Investigation works carried out while the largest contained within the headland. The agency said that it has been clear in its requirements that remediation provides a permanent and positive resolution.
The officers at SEPA have assessed the monitoring technique being used to remediate the site and manage the waste. They reckon that they will be present on site every day to ensure permit conditions are fully complied with and that public health is protected during the operation.
The remediation work by Balfour Beatty at Dalgety Bay will include replacing rock armour around the headland and installing a new slipway for the Dalgety Bay Sailing Club.