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Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Ministry of Defence Should Come Clean Over Contamination Concerns

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The Scottish Greens have called on the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to come clean over contamination concerns at RAF Kinloss and elsewhere.

“The recent BBC report on potential radioactive contamination at the former RAF base at Kinloss is shocking, but not altogether surprising”, said Fabio Villani, local campaigner and convenor of the Highlands & Islands branch of the Scottish Green Party.  He added that respect for the MoD in the area is already low after its sudden announcement, in October 2010, of its intention to close RAF Kinloss.  “The UK government and the Ministry of Defence should have repaid the loyalty shown by the local community over the last 70 years by providing an economic package to support the regeneration of the local economy.  It seems that what we got instead is a toxic legacy shrouded in secrecy.

“Concerns about potential contamination at the nearby former airfield of Balnageith, just West of Forres, resulted in the abandonment of plans for a community buy-out of the troubled Riverview Caravan and Leisure Park in 2006.  It now seems that land both inside and outside the Kinloss base may also be contaminated.  The MoD should come clean and disclose its records about the disposal of potentially harmful materials at Kinloss, Balnageith and at other former air bases elsewhere in Scotland.  This would pave the way for contaminated land to be managed to avoid risks to human and environmental health, and for uncontaminated land to be brought safely back into productive use.”