Nuclear sub dismantling discussed at Dunfermline event – BBC News 19th Nov 2011

Nuclear sub dismantling discussed at Dunfermline event

The fate of seven nuclear submarines berthed at the Rosyth dockyard in Fife is being discussed at the first in a series of consultation events.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said it will run out of room to store its old nuclear submarines in 2020.

It is seeking public opinion on how and where the submarines should be broken up, and what should happen to the radioactive material on board.

The first public meeting is being held in Dunfermline.

Rosyth in Fife and Devonport in Plymouth are the two preferred sites being considered as locations for removing the radioactive material from the vessels.

Seven nuclear submarines have been stored at Rosyth since the 1990s.

Ten more are berthed at Devonport, with others due to come out of active service in the future.

Fife Council said it would be asking local residents their opinion before it submitted its views.

The MoD has other events planned for Scotland before the consultation ends in February.

BBC Scotland’s Cameron Buttle was given special access to the submarines   See Video