Opponents to a controversial scheme to dump mud from a nuclear plant off the coast of Cardiff have launched a last-minute legal challenge. About 300,000 tonnes will be dredged from the seabed near the Hinkley Point C building site in Somerset. The Campaign Against Hinkley Mud Dumping submitted an application to the High Court in Cardiff on Monday seeking an interim injunction. The Welsh Government has been asked to comment. Campaigners have argued Natural Resources Wales (NRW) failed to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment and said core samples were insufficient under international rules and did not cover all significant radioactive substances from the Hinkley plant. Super Furry Animals keyboard player Cian Ciaran, who submitted the legal challenge, said: “I have one simple argument – absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence, therefore, the precautionary principle should dictate a re-think.” Developer EDF is set to move mud and sediment to Cardiff Grounds, a licensed disposal site a mile out to sea off Cardiff Bay, starting on Tuesday.
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The Motor Vessel Sloeber – (the Belgian barge hired to dump 320,000 tonnes of allegedly radioactive mud just a mile out to sea from Penarth) – has been refuelling in Barry Docks and is due to sail tonight across the Bristol Channel to Hinkley Point. The Sloeber – dubbed the “Ship of Shame” by environmental activists opposing the Welsh-Labour-Government-approved mud dumping scheme – will become a regular caller at Barry as it’s the nearest port to the Hinkley Point nuclear complex .
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