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Anger as secret plans drawn up for five nuclear sub dumping sites in Scotland
Nov 2 2009 Charles Lavery
FIVE sites in Scotland have been secretly earmarked as radioactive waste dumping grounds.
The list was drawn up by Ministry of Defence chiefs who are looking for a storage site for 27 nuclear submarines that have been scrapped or are about to be.
The sites are the Clyde naval nuclear bases of Coulport and Faslane, the Rosyth dockyard in Fife, the Dounreay nuclear plant in Caithness and Hunterston nuclear power station in north Ayrshire.
The Scottish locations are part of a dossier of 12 potential sites across the UK.
An MoD spokesman said no decision has yet been taken on where their old subs would be stored.
The site chosen will store up to 500 cubic metres of toxic scrap from 27 submarines.
Papers leaked from the Government's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) show that officials recognise that such a store would be regarded as contentious because of the "sensitivity of military waste being 'dumped' on other communities".
MPs and MSPs representing the targeted areas accused the Government of "secrecy and spin" and warned they will fight the plans.
The MoD have written to Fife MP Willie Rennie and Argyll and Bute MP Alan Reid, warning that the targeted sites are within their areas, although the letters did not specify where.
Rennie said yesterday: "We don't want to be left with this nuclear mess. It's a blight on the area."
Reid promised to "vigorously oppose any future proposals to use sites in Argyll and Bute for breaking up nuclear submarines or dumping the nuclear waste".
Since Britain launched its first nuclear-powered submarine, HMS Dreadnought, in 1960, 15 of the vessels have been taken out of service.
Seven are now moored at Rosyth, with the remaining eight at the Devonport naval base in Plymouth.
But storage space at the dockyards is limited and a further 12 nuclear submarines are due to be retired before 2040.
Each sub has a reactor compartment about the size of two double-decker buses which is contaminated with radioactivity.