Toxic cargo of nuclear waste leaves Scotland for US under armed guard

June 4, 2017

by Jim Lawson of Sunday Post

An American military plane carrying a deadly cargo of radioactive waste has taken off from Scotland for the second time.

Dozens of armed police stood guard yesterday as highly-enriched uranium was loaded on to a giant American Air Force transport jet at Wick John O’Groats Airport.

The secretive operation – signed off by David Cameron and Barack Obama last year – aims to clear a backlog of nuclear waste stored at Dounreay power station in Caithness.

But critics have blasted the high-security flights as unsafe and “morally reprehensible”.

Independent nuclear consultant John Large said: “This is pretty toxic stuff. It is weapons grade material. It is quite active. It’s ticking away and it does not turn itself off.

“In the States, you cannot overfly with this type of material. The plane will put down on the east coast and the shipment will continue under armed escort by rail or by road.”

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