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More than 80 radioactive particles have been found since highly radioactive material have been found Saturday, on the popular Dalgety Bay beach, Scotland, giving great “cause for concern”, a study by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) just revealed.
A study by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) examined the risk to youngsters posed by contamination of part of Dalgety Bay, Fife, and warns that children exposed to radioactive pollution at this popular beach face a “significant” risk of developing cancer.
The study concluded that babies or toddlers who ingested “hot particles” from the beach could get radiation doses hundreds of times higher than the maximum permitted in the nuclear industry.
The area was the site of an old military airfield where many aircraft were broken up at the end of World War II.
Luminous radium, used in aircraft instruments, is believed to be the source of radioactivity. The agency’s experts in radioactive substances, estimate that there is a one in 91 chance of people encountering radioactive contamination at the site. To make matters worse, the radium 266 in the particles has a half-life of 1,600 years, said Sepa…
Dalgety Bay Reports, SEPA
Radioactive items have been detected on Dalgety Bay since at least 1990. Many surveys have been undertaken on the beach to determine the potential numbers of items present and possible implications for public health. SEPA has undertaken two recent monitoring and assessment exercises at Dalgety Bay and these are reported below.