House of Commons
Dalgety Bay beach clean-up
EDM #459
Tabled 11 May 2020
2019-21 Session
That this House welcomes the awarding of the contract for the clean-up of radioactive material at Dalgety Bay beach by the Ministry of Defence earlier this year; notes that the beach became contaminated with radioactive particles originating from the instrument panels of military aircraft dumped at the site after WWII; observes that the contamination was first discovered in 1990 during a SEPA survey and that the clean-up operation has experienced repeated delays since the MoD was appointed the Appropriate Person responsible for remediation in 2013; understands that the work is set to include clearing the beach of contaminated material and installing a barrier to prevent other material rising to the surface from the sea bed; believes that the first phase of remediation works is due to commence imminently; pays tribute to numerous local community representatives who have pursued this matter doggedly, including Councillors David Barratt and Alice McGarry, and former hon. Member Roger Mullin, all of whom have worked tirelessly to push the MoD to progress this longstanding project; and urges the UK Government to take every possible step to reduce the risk of any potential delay to the commencement of those works as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.