Concerns over new Hinkley nuclear plant’s potential impact on Newport. It has been recommended that “advice be issued within 24 hours to restrict consumption of leafy green vegetables, milk and water” across parts of South Wales in the case of an incident. Newport is among several areas which could see advice issued restricting consumption of vegetables, milk and water if there is a nuclear incident at the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant. The city is among a number of parts of South Wales where emergency restrictions could be put in place in the case of a nuclear incident at the new power plant in Somerset, according to a new report released today. A new report released today Tuesday, March 16 by the Hinkley Point C Stakeholders group has raised concerns over the potential impact of the UK’s newest power plant on people living in Wales. You can read the main points of the report here. The report, compiled by an expert panel which includes academics, scientists and consultants, has raised concerns over the impact of the development on wildlife, but there are further implications for South Wales if there is a nuclear incident. An off-site emergency plan for Hinkley Point published by Somerset County Council in 2012 outlined a 3.5km area known as a Detailed Emergency Planning Zone (DEPZ). This is an area where protective actions would need to be taken “within a few hours” following a radiation emergency. This includes how and where people might be evacuated in the case of an incident. The Somerset Council plan also gave a further zone of 15 to 40 km for food and water restrictions. This areas covers parts of the Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Newport, Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
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A report published today, has expressed concern over the decision in 2018 that allowed sediment from the construction of the Hinkley C nuclear power station to be dumped in the sea off Cardiff but rejected calls for additional testing to detect plutonium particles in the mud. Despite public opposition, EDF Energy, the company building the new plant on the site of the decommissioned Hinkley Point A plant, was given permission to dump 300,000 tonnes of mud in the Cardiff Grounds, two miles off Cardiff Bay just over two years ago. Eventually EDF disposed of just 120,000 tonnes of mud but last year submitted a new application to dump a further 780,000 tonnes in the same location. The report from the Hinkley Point group, which was set up by First Minister Mark Drakeford to advise the Welsh Government on the impact of the new power station in Somerset, presents modelling results which show dumped mud disperses down past Barry, not upstream toward Newport as Natural Resources Wales’ (NRW) advisors the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) claim. As a result, the group recommends independent studies “review the suitability of Cardiff Grounds as a marine disposal site before any further licences are granted for Hinkley mud.” The Hinkley group is also strongly critical of the design of the nuclear power stations’ cooling water project as approved in 2013.
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The new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station could kill 182m fish a year, experts have warned in a report to the Welsh government. An independent panel said the plant, currently under construction in Somerset, poses a threat to marine life in the Severn Estuary by sucking millions of fish into its cooling systems. The French energy company EDF, which is building the plant, has applied to the Environment Agency for permission to drop plans to include underwater speakers designed to deter fish from ending up in the system. It argues that installing the “acoustic fish deterrent” system is too risky for its workers and that other measures, including technology slowing the water entering the system and returning any fish that are sucked in, will suffice. A mesh is used to stop larger fish entering the system, but smaller creatures can still be sucked in and conservation groups argue that the larger fish can still be injured when pressed against the mesh. EDF disputes figures suggesting half a million fish a day would be lost to the nuclear plant, suggesting an estimate instead of just 650,000 per year. But the Hinkley Point C Stakeholder Reference Group, made up of experts in engineering, nuclear energy and the environment, said that fish loss estimates cited by the company were too low and urged the agency to reject the application.
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Hinkley Point C Stakeholder Reference Group: The implications of Hinkley Point C for Wales’ environment and its people. A report to the Welsh Government.
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Mark Drakeford: I convened the Hinkley Point C Stakeholder Reference Group last July to provide an independent assessment of the implications for Wales of the new nuclear power station currently being developed at Hinkley Point, in Somerset. The Group has now reported on its work and I welcome the published report, and the extensive collection of evidence the Group has gathered over the course of its work. I would like to thank Jane Davidson for chairing the Group, and the Group’s members for their expertise and for their time, which they gave freely. Their knowledge and understanding of the issues, and their ability to analyse the complexity of the Severn Estuary, has ensured a report that I believe will be welcomed by all those who operate in, and plan for, this special environment. The next Welsh Government will have the opportunity to ask the Group to continue to provide their expert insight. The Group has adopted a thorough approach and it has understood and represented the views of a range of stakeholders very effectively. It is clear to me the Group can be invaluable in helping to deliver the ambitions it has set out in its report. I am also grateful to all the stakeholders who contributed to the Group’s inquiries, including campaigners, government agencies on both sides of the Severn, and to the site’s developers, EDF Energy for engaging fully with the Group. I am confident the cooperation and open dialogue we have seen during the Group’s inquiries will continue as we all reflect on the roles we must play to support the Estuary’s resilience. It is a wide-ranging report. It addresses the effect of the development on the Severn Estuary ecosystem and on the health of fish species; the Cardiff Grounds and the arrangements for marine dredging and disposal; emergency and contingency planning arrangements; and the relationship between regulatory and planning regimes in Wales and England. This report is a valuable source of evidence and advice. It highlights the importance of considering major projects through the lens of the Well-being Future Generations Act. It reminds us of the economic and environmental importance of the Severn Estuary and it will make a substantial contribution to our work in relation to both.
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40 skilled jobs and new apprenticeships announced after Jarrow firm lands Hinkley Point nuclear power station contract. More than 40 new skilled jobs are being created after a South Tyneside manufacturer landed a contract to work on the new Hinkley Point ‘C’ nuclear power plant site. KAEFER, a leading provider of fabricated industrial ductwork, won the tender to supply the mammoth project in Somerset.
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