The UK & Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) publishes today a detailed report on the Beaufort’s Dyke area of the Irish Sea, between Northern Ireland and Scotland, consolidating knowledge of it as a dumping area and its importance for testing nuclear powered submarines. The report has been developed for the NFLA by the independent marine radioactivity consultant Tim Deere-Jones on the request of the NFLA All Ireland Sustainable Energy Forum and the NFLA Scotland Forum. This follows a recent report and presentation to the NFLA All Ireland Forum of a ‘near-miss’ incident between the Belfast-Cairnryan passenger ferry and a Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarine, which was recently reported on in an accident report of the Marine Accident Investigation Bureau. The area of the Beaufort’s Dyke, which lays between the Mull Peninsula of western Scotland and the coast of Northern Ireland, is one of the deepest sections of water in Europe. The report outlines that it had for many years been used as a dumping ground for both munitions arising from both world wars and radioactive waste dumped when such practices were previously permitted in Europe.
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