Monday, July 24, 2006

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Radioactive scrap left lying for eight years
Last updated: 24-Jul-06 01:16 BST

A SHIPMENT of radioactive scrap metal that arrived in Scotland eight years ago has been found to be still lying in storage, awaiting a decision on its fate.
The cargo, which was shipped from Egypt to Coatbridge in Lanarkshire in 1998, has become the source of a long-running dispute between the UK and Egyptian governments over its ownership.
According to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the scrap had been brought to the UK to be disposed of, but when it was found to have low levels of naturally occurring radioactivity, it was decided it should be sent back.
A SEPA spokeswoman said: "Efforts have been ongoing to secure the repatriation of the shipment, in line with guidance and policy from Scottish Executive.
New Scotsman


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