A new report has estimated that 182 million fish could be at risk of swimming into the Hinkley Point C cooling tunnels every year. Hinkley Point C in Bridgwater will be the first new nuclear power station built in the UK in over 20 years. The 230-acre plant is being constructed by the French energy company EDF and is expected to be operational for 60 years following its projected completion in 2023. This latest report, compiled by the Hinkley Point C Stakeholders reference group for the Welsh government, has raised concerns around the plant’s impact on fish species in the Severn estuary. The risk of fish loss has been estimated following the decision to remove an acoustic fish deterrent (AFD) from the plant, which EDF applied to remove the requirement for in 2019. The AFD uses sound to deter certain fish from entering the power station’s cooling tunnels. The deterrent is understood to be less effective for fish with less developed hearing. The removal of the AFD is currently going through the planning appeal process.
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