Radioactive substances

From their use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease to their use in energy generation and nuclear weapons, radioactive substances are used widely in industry, medicine and research in Scotland. If they are not stored or used properly, they can potentially cause health problems.

SEPA is responsible for regulating the keeping and use of radioactive substances and the accumulation and disposal of radioactive wastes. Our State of Scotland's Environment 2006 report showed a downward trend in levels of man-made radioactivity in the environment over the last decade, and we aim to further minimise the impact of the disposal of radioactive wastes on human health and the environment.

Find out more about our work in regulating nuclear and non-nuclear sites, as well as our involvement in Scotland's largest nuclear decommissioning project, Dounreay in Caithness.

You can report an incident involving radioactive material or radioactive waste by calling SEPA's 24 hour pollution hotline: 0800 80 70 60.