Dalgety Bay Radium

Gordon Harris made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Y Weinyddiaeth Amddiffyn

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Dear Ministry of Defence,

I have been following the situation at Dalgety Bay with interest, including the parliamentary debates, community council information and news stories.

I noted that the responsible Minister Andrew Robathan indicated in his recently debate with Gordon Brown that the "publicly available records show an organised and systematic rundown of the various site activities, with a focus on the salvage and sale of assets" (Hansard text, 6th March).

Can you please provide a list of publicaly available records, or the documents themselves?

Can you also please provide timescales for when the investigation reports are going to be published? I noted from the debate that Thursday 14 March was mentioned for a copy to be passed to SEPA.

Also, can you please provide the output of the regular monitoring surveys that are being undertaken by your contractors on the beach? This information is not being made public and in light of the recent press release from the Food Standards Agency I wonder if the number of particles is reducing.

Yours faithfully,

Gordon Harris

Gadawodd Dave Whyte anodiad ()

Hello Gordon,
Latest information in the local paper states SEPA will announce in May who is responsible for cleanimg up the area.
More than 3,400 contaminated particles have been found and Mr Brown, Ex PM (Dalgety Bay MP)says that SEPA have stated that five of the finds were of a serious nature which could have lead to the declaration of a radiation emergency.

Dalgety Bay is Sandwiched between Torness nuclear power station on one side and seven rusting nuclear submarine hulks at Rosyth on the other. With the Ministry of Defences attitude to denying access to records relating to radiation levels during the British nuclear tests one wonders if this is yet another 'Cover Up'!

I look forward to reading the official reply.

Best wishes

Dave Whyte

DIO Sec-Group Mailbox (MULTIUSER), Y Weinyddiaeth Amddiffyn

Dear Mr Harris


Thank you for your email of 15 March requesting information about
Dalgety Bay.


Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
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Dear DIO Sec-Group Mailbox (MULTIUSER),

I submitted a request for information relating to Dalgety Bay and what publicly available information that the Minister Andrew Robathan was referring to in the hansard text. Documents were to be provided in either a list of where they are available, or in scanned pdf format if held by MOD.

To date I have not received a reply to this enquiry, only an acknowledgement that you would respond within 20 working days. This legal timeline has now expired (including an allowance for public holidays over the Easter period).

Can you please advise when this information will be made available? As the information is publically available I do not understand the reasons for the delay.

Can I also ask what the process is for reviewing FOI response times?

Yours sincerely,

Gordon Harris

Gadawodd Fred WP Dawson anodiad ()

You might find the SEPA web page on Dalgety Bay helpful


Gadawodd Gordon Harris anodiad ()

Thank you Fred. I have looked on the SEPA website and found it to be helpful, if a little bit technical. I am following this story with interest but find the whole picture very confusing - low risk/high risk, the fence that goes round part of the Bay. The MOD minister noted public documents in his recent debate - I would like to read these to try and make sense of the big picture. I await with interest the MOD response!

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Please find attached a final response to your FOI request.


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Dear DIO Sec-Group Mailbox (MULTIUSER),

Many thanks for your reply to my request. I am afraid that I cannot thank you personally as I cannot decipher the signature on the letter.

Regarding the file that is available at the National Archive, can you please advise if you hold a copy of the document referred to in your reply. Can you please provide a copy if you hold it (in whatever form - e.g. pdf, jpeg)?

For monitoring timescales, I would be interested to see all the objects you have collected since around the time the led to the fence being put up around the bay. I believe this was in late 2011, possibly October or November. I am mainly interested to see what has been happening to the large numbers of items recovered since this time as I often see the people working on the beach. I just want to know if the situation is getting worse, better or staying the same.

Thank you for confirming when your report will be made available. I await this with interest.

Yours sincerely,

Gordon Harris

Dear DIO Sec-Group Mailbox (MULTIUSER),

I wonder if you can update me on the progress made on my response to your response to my FOI. Your reply asked me to detail the timescale over when I wanted to see the details on monitoring undertaken at Dalgety Bay. I wished to see the details from when this project first started, which I thought was around October 2011.

I also wished to have a copy, if one was held, of the file that was recovered from the National Archives.

Are there any other files that the MOD has found in the archives relating to the radium contamination at Dalgety Bay?

Thank you for your time.

Yours sincerely,

Gordon Harris

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