Comment posted on Radium contamination at RAF Machrihanish publicly admitted by Fred Dawson
This post provides an idea of the size of the potenially contaminated MOD estate in Scotland
The Secret Scotland web site provides a good indication of number of sites that the MOD own or once owned in Scotland.
Whilst there has been considerable publicity about radioactive contamination other contaminates that may be present include chemical weapons, heavy metals, asbestos, organic solvents and ordnance.
I believe it’s the MODs social and legal responsibility to identify contamination including radioactivity and the consequent risks to man and the environment at these sites and proactively make this information available online. In fact there is a stautory duty in the Environmental Infomation Regulations that requires authorities to :-
“(a) progressively make the information available to the public by electronic means which are easily accessible; and
(b) take reasonable steps to organize the information relevant to its functions with a view to the active and systematic dissemination to the public of the information.”
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