Sampling of beaches near the Dounreay nuclear power site ‘should continue for the foreseable future’, according to a new report. The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency’s (SEPA) report said additional particle monitoring designed to help detect radioactive particles should be carried out on the foreshore and at Sandside Beach near Dounreay. SEPA also recommended that equipment used to find particles should be upgraded to improve detection rates. The report advised that more samples should be taken, with monitoring being carried out in May and again six months later at Strathy Point and Murkle Beach.
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Additional sampling has been recommended of beaches near the Dounreay nuclear power site to help in the detection of radioactive particles. Sand-sized fragments of irradiated nuclear fuel were flushed into the sea from the site in the 1960s and 1970s. Work to clean up the particles began in the 1980s, after fragments were found washed up on the foreshore at Dounreay. The continuation of this work, with additional sampling, has been recommended in a new report. The report by Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said monitoring for particles on the foreshore and also at Sandside Beach, which has been done for many years, should continue for the foreseeable future.
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