The Dounreay nuclear plant on the coast of northern Scotland leaked radiation into the sea and coastline for twenty years. Fuel fragments were disbursed up to 2 km from the plant over those years.
“The most radioactive of the particles are regarded by experts as potentially lethal if ingested. Similar in size to grains of sand, they contain caesium-137, which has a half-life of 30 years, but they can also incorporate traces of plutonium-239, which has a half-life of over 24,000 years – meaning that is the time period for half of the material to break down”.
The Scottish EPA has been working for years to try to bring the area back to pristine condition but has now announced that it would be impossible to do. This revelation that decontamination can’t fully be done raises questions about the potential decontamination of the sea and coastline in Japan.
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