Dounreay’s improving safety performance has landed local charities a £20,000 windfall.
The bonus came from UKAEA, parent body of Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd.
UKAEA pledged to donate £2500 from its profits for every whole month the site went without a lost-time accident.
The site notched up eight whole months without a lost-time accident during 2007/08.
The £20,000 safety dividend was distributed among good causes in Caithness and north Sutherland through the Dounreay Communities Fund.
UKAEA chief executive Norman Harrison said: “We wanted to put something back into the community in a way that reflected our priorities as a company.
“Safety comes before everything else within UKAEA in how we deliver nuclear clean-up. The more we improve our performance in delivery of projects, the safer the workforce performs and the more the community benefits.
“So I am delighted to be able to hand over £20,000 in recognition of the site’s improved performance last year.
“I am immensley proud of the efforts by everyone at Dounreay to achieve tremendous improvement in safety performance. My new challenge to the site now is to do even better for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and earn the full £30,000 this year by having no lost-time accidents at all.”
Dounreay Communities Fund was set up a year ago. It receives an annual allocation of £20,000 from the NDA. In its first year, a total of £40,000 was paid out to 130 successful applications.
The fund is administered by Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd on behalf of Dounreay Stakeholder Group, which meets regularly to consider applications.