A new consultation will give Burnham-On-Sea residents a chance to have their say about proposed changes to how cooling water is taken from the Severn Estuary by Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant and its impact on fish. NNB Genco Ltd was granted an environmental permit by the Environment Agency in 2013, which set out how the nuclear power plant could take water from the Severn Estuary for cooling. This permit required measures be taken to reduce impact on the fish population. The company no longer wants to install one of these measures, an acoustic fish deterrent, and has now applied to change its permit to reflect this.
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THE tiny coastal community of Stolford near Bridgwater has become the first location in the UK to benefit from innovative £1.5m flood defence technology pioneered in Holland. Overlooking the Bristol Channel, Stolford has a history of coastal erosion and is prone to flooding. In 1981 high tides overtopped sea defences and flooded 660 hectares of land including 24 properties. Livestock also died. In 1990 a high tide and storms caused further flooding. There are already coastal defences between Stolford and Hinkley comprising of rock armour and an embankment wall. These defences adjoin a shingle ridge that was prone to serious erosion. However rising sea levels and more extreme weather conditions have made the ridge and embankment increasingly vulnerable to erosion and increased the risk of a breach.
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