A report published today provides detailed information about the levels of radioactivity in food and the environment around Dounreay.
It concludes that the dose received by a member of the public is well within international limits.
Radioactivity in Food and the Environment is published annually by regulatory bodies across the UK and summarises their monitoring and assessment of the public’s exposure to radiation.
During 2009, the total dose from radioactivity in the vicinity of Dounreay was approximately six per cent of limits. Less than half of this was attributable to sources such as discharges from the site and fallout from nuclear weapons tests.
The report also records the monitoring and retrieval of radioactive particles in the environment around the site.