Kinloss discussed as Moray MP holds talks with Defence Secretary

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It has been confirmed that Westminster SNP Leader and Moray MP Angus Robertson has held talks with UK Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond over the contamination issue at the former RAF base in Kinloss.
 
The discussions follow reports that indicated chemical agents may have been buried in the area which is subject to regular monitoring checks.

Reports that mustard gas had been buried in and around the base followed confirmation that radioactive radium is present in land that had been sold privately by the MoD.

Speaking after the discussions Mr Robertson, whose Moray constituency is home to the Kinloss military base said:

“In our discussions the Defence Secretary was keen to stress the regular testing undertaken in the area.

“Mr Hammond and I both agreed that public confidence in environmental safety is crucial and I stressed the advantages of early completion of an intrusion survey which would finalise the latest round of tests as part of a land quality asessment.

“The Defence Secretary urged me to table follow-up parliamentary questions in areas where there may be outstanding queries, and I will be asking the MOD for a detailed overview on environmental safety for constituents who have raised concerns.

“I am keen to understand how much information has been shared by the mod with SEPA and the Moray Council. The Findhorn and Kinloss area is a beautiful part of Moray which is extremely popular for locals and visitors alike and it is crucial that people are confident that environmental safety is maintained to the highest standards.”

Kinloss is just one of six locations throughout Scotland where radioactive contamination has been detected.  In one other site at Dalgety Bay the Scottish Government has been forced to bring in fishing restrictions after radioactive contamination was discovered in the area around the beach.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency is currently carrying out investigations at an additional three un-named Scottish locations in order to confirm if radioactive contamination is also present at these locations.