Beach pollution signs

7 December 2006

Warning signs at a Scottish public beach contaminated with irradiated fuel fragments have been removed to make way for new signs with a different wording.

The signage development, at Sandside beach next to Dounreay, follows the release of the Dounreay Particles Advisory Group third report which estimates the chances of coming into contact with a fuel particle at that beach are low and would not result in major health effects.

As a result, the landowner has chosen to take down existing signs and enter into talks with the UKAEA, the environment regulator, local council and health board about what new signs should say to the public.

Geoffrey Minter, owner of Sandside Estate, said: “We do still have damage occurring to our land but that is not part of the public health issue, which is what our old signs were to protect. I believe we have handled the signage responsibly, especially given our duty of care. Our signs were erected on legal advice and worded on expert advice – they were temporary and precautionary until an official opinion was belatedly declared.”

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