Defence sites contaminated with radioactive material – government

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TWO sites in Gosport have been contaminated at some point with radioactive material, the government has revealed.

Fleetlands on Fareham Road, and the former HMS Daedalus, in Lee-on-the-Solent is contaminated with radium-226.

They are two of 10 contaminated Ministry of Defence sites which have been disclosed following a written Parliamentary question from a Scottish National Party member.

The list includes the former headquarters of the SAS, the Stirling Lines base, in Herefordshire.

Others sites infected with the same material also include RAF bases at Kinloss and Shawbury, three former MoD bases, and the Defence Aviation Repair Agency sites at Almondbank near Perth

Junior defence minister Andrew Robathan said: ‘In each of the cases the principal source of contamination was found to be radium-226, a low-level contaminant.

‘Where a site had been disposed of by the MoD, the purchaser would have received a land quality assessment report outlining the extent of any known contaminant, and this will have been reflected in the price.’