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Site publishes contaminated land strategy

March 18, 2009

Access is restricted to areas where the ground is contaminated

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd today published its strategy for dealing with contaminated land as part of the site closure programme.

The development of a strategy follows public consultation in 2006 and 2007 on a range of options for the “end state” of the site.

This concluded that the most contaminated areas of the site should be cleaned up by 2025, when all the redundant facilities are due to have been demolished, with less contaminated areas left undisturbed during a period of “institutional control” lasting until 2300.

The strategy sets out how the site will achieve this.

Survey work over a number of years has identified areas of radiological and chemical contamination of soil and rock.

As more facilities are demolished, further work will be carried out to survey the ground beneath these buildings and assess the most effective way to manage any contamination.

“Achieving the end-state will require a step-wise approach of facility decommissioning, site characterisation, remediation and restoration of contaminated land,” states the strategy.

DSRL today gave a presentation on the strategy to the site stakeholder group.

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