Workers looking to start on the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant are facing a wait of more than six weeks to get security clearance. Contractors are fuming at the delays which they fear are putting off workers from joining the job. One site source said: “I’ve worked on virtually every big nuclear site over the last few decades and it still took me eight weeks to get clearance.” Security checks for site workers are carried out by independent agencies and administered by G4S under an £80m contract awarded by client EDF Energy. Another source said: “The contractors are up in arms about this because the checks are taking so long.
Construction Enquirer 17th Sept 2018 read more »
Protesters seeking an injunction to stop the dumping of mud from Hinkley Point nuclear power station off the coast of Cardiff have had their application adjourned after the energy company behind the dumping admitted it had given inaccurate information to the High Court. In documents submitted to the court in Cardiff by NNB Generation Company (HPC) Ltd – a wholly owned subsidiary of the French energy giant EDF – it was argued that the dumping did not require an environmental impact assessment (EIA) under European regulations. However, the company’s barrister James McClelland told the court that an environmental statement was made by the company at the time it sought approval for the whole Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset, the successor to two previous nuclear power stations on the same site. Dozens of peaceful protesters assembled outside Cardiff Civil Justice Centre before the hearing, not all of whom were able to get seats in the court room. Opponents of the dumping say they fear radioactive particles present in the mud could pose a health threat. More than 100,000 people have signed petitions against the dumping.
Wales Online 17th Sept 2018 read more »
Plans to dump mud dredged from near the Hinkley Point nuclear sites in the Bristol Channel off the south Wales coast are the focus of fierce controversy. Work has already begun this month but opponents are not backing down. More than 100,000 people have signed petitions and protests have taken place outside the Welsh Assembly renewing calls for Natural Resources Wales to suspend the licence. Those opposed to the dredging argue we cannot say for sure that the 300,000 tonnes of mud that could be deposited near Cardiff is safe because a full range of tests is needed to establish there is no radioactive – and these have not been carried out. The site the mud will be dumped in is a sub-tidal sandbank just a mile off the coast of Cardiff.
Bristol Post 19th Sept 2018 read more »
The application for an Injunction opened today MONDAY 17th SEPT at the High Court in Cardiff. Protesters are optimistic. The judge gave an adjournment for 7 days to NNB GenCo (EdF) whose lawyer changed their defence to claim the EIA for the new Hinkley Point Nuclear Power station covers dumping in Welsh waters. The judge gave them 7 days to show that from the 2000-page EIA covering the development in England. Barry&Vale FoE think NNB GenCo on a loser. Natural Resources Wales has accepted that the Hinkley Point EIA does not cover dumping in the Welsh part of the Severn Estuary, where EIA is mandatory due to its Special Area of Conservation status. Moreover, an EIA for a project in Wales has to be advertised in Wales and subject to consultation by the Welsh public, which the nuclear station’s EIA was not.
Barry & Vale FoE 17th Sept 2018 read more »