THE Dounreay nuclear plant could at last be facing prosecution for contaminating the Scottish sea and shoreline with radioactive waste for 20 years.
In one of the world's worst leaks, hundreds of thousands of dangerous fragments of nuclear fuel, including plutonium, have escaped from the Caithness plant since 1983. They have polluted the foreshore, the seabed and a public beach three kilometres away - and are still polluting them.
The credibility and independence of Scotland's food safety watchdog have been thrown into doubt in the wake of accusations that its top official is in favour of genetically modified food and a friend of big business.
In the aftermath of September 11 I researched a story for New Scientist about the risks of terrorists attacking the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing complex in Cumbria. Given that waste tanks there contained some of the highest concentrations of radioactivity anywhere in the world, it seemed sensible to ask some questions.