Radioactive waste posed ‘no risk’

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan.

The dumping of radioactive waste in Derry more than 30 years ago posed “no plausible risk” to the public, according to a new report.

The report, commissioned by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan, investigated the impact of radiactive waste from Altnagelvin Hospital which was dumped at Culmore Point.

“I commissioned this urgent report in December, to establish the facts about radioactive waste disposal at these two sites.

“The report has now been completed and concludes that disposals carried out by way of ‘controlled burial’ at the two landfill sites were in accordance with relevant authorisations and guidance available at the time. In NIEA’s view this practice presented no plausible risk to people or the environment,” Mr Durkan said.

The chairperson of Derry City Council’s Environmental Services Committee, Councillor Sean Carr, welcomed the report’s findings.

“I would like to thank the Environment Minister for his prompt response in dealing with this important issue and providing reassurance to the public in relation to any potential concerns they may have,” he said.