The clean-up of radioactive pollution by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) at Dalgety Bay in Fife is to start — 31 years after it was first discovered. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has announced that work to decontaminate a stretch of foreshore on the north of the Firth of Forth near a popular sailing club will begin on 17 May. It is expected to be finished in 2022. Sepa promised that the clean-up would provide a “permanent and positive resolution” to the decades-old pollution. It was “an important milestone for Dalgety Bay”, the agency said. Campaigners have welcomed the news, but said that it was “utterly disgraceful” that it had taken so long to deal with the contamination. Locals and visitors had been put at risk for “many unnecessary years”, they argued. The Dalgety Bay SNP councillor, David Barratt, was “delighted” that work was now going to start. “No more denial, no more procrastination, no more blaming others, and hopefully no more delay,” he said. “It has taken over 30 years and significant pressure from the community to get to this point. It should send a clear message that it doesn’t matter how much time passes, the polluter should always pay.” He added: “Time will tell if it’s smooth sailing from here and whether a 2022 completion date is possible, but it does feel like we’re on the home straight.” The 50-strong group of Nuclear Free Local Authorities has been working with Fife Council to help get the Dalgety Bay foreshore decontaminated. “It has been frustrating to say the least on how long it has taken the Ministry of Defence to both accept liability and finally put things in place to get this essential public safety work to begin,” said the group’s Scotland convener, Glasgow SNP councillor, Feargal Dalton.
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