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Caithness News Bulletins January 2003
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PRELIMINARY LIST OF OPTIONS FOR MANAGING PARTICLES LEGACY
The UK Atomic Energy Authority today published a preliminary list of options for managing the legacy of radioactive particles in the offshore sediment near Dounreay.
The preliminary options are identified in the latest edition of Dounreay's Public Participation Newsletter for stakeholders, published on the opening day of an exhibition in Caithness and Sutherland about the particles legacy.
It follows an extensive programme of research over the last five years. A detailed technical assessment of the options is now being carried out and this will be the subject of consultation to identify the best practicable environmental option for the particles.
Dr Guy Owen, UKAEA's head of safety and
environment at Dounreay, said:
"However the particles got into the marine environment in the past, we have a responsibility today to manage the legacy as part of the environmental restoration of the Dounreay site. The publication today of the preliminary options is the next step towards engaging fully with stakeholders in the process so that we can arrive at a sensible and balanced decision for dealing with the legacy.
"Whatever option is reached at the end of the day, we are committed to continuing to monitor beaches used by the public near Dounreay to reduce what has been acknowledged by independent experts to date to be a low risk to members of the public."
The preliminary options for
dealing with particles within the offshore sediments can be
summarised as follows:
The Public Participation Newsletter published on 8 January 2003 sets out the preliminary options for particles in the offshore sediment, explains public participation in the decision-making process and invites people to register their interest. It can be viewed at www.ukaea.org.uk