ref date:1 Jul 1997 (ENV)
Electricity link to Ireland up in smoke
THE Scottish Office is likely to come under pressure to turn down or delay an
electricity project linking Scotland and Northern Ireland following disclosure
yesterday that two tonnes of radioactive waste were dumped in Beaufort's Dyke
off the Ayrshire coast in the 1950s.
Both the Scottish National Party and the Scottish Liberal Democrats have called
on the Government to hold off implementing any projects likely to disturb the
seabed around the trench, a munitions dump since the 1920s.
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley MP George Foulkes, has campaigned for
investigations into the potential dangers harboured in and around Beaufort's
Dyke. He said last night: "The presence of another hazard in the Beaufort's
Dyke will obviously be a factor for the Scottish Office to take account of when
considering any further development in the area."