WEST Somerset Council’s cabinet is being asked to challenge Hinkley Point C power station’s plans to change the way it will deal with waste nuclear fuel until the council gets more information. At its meeting next Wednesday, the cabinet committee will be recommended to object to EDF Energy’s application to the Government’s planning inspectorate for “non-material changes” to the £19.6 billion project. This would allow an interim spent nuclear fuel store with a life of 120 years to be increased in size – up in length from 150 to 229 metres, eight metres wider and five metres higher, making it one of the biggest buildings on the site. EDF claims a larger building is needed because it has been decided to keep the nuclear waste dry in concrete and steel cannisters rather than, as originally planned, in wet storage in a pool.
West Somerset Free Press 27th Oct 2017 read more »
A PETITION to stop 300,000 tonnes of ‘radioactively contaminated’ mud from Hinkley C being dumped into Cardiff Bay has gained nearly 7,000 signatures. The petition was created by Tim Deere-Jones, an independent marine pollution expert, who says that the dumped sediment could expose people in South Wales to radioactivity. The sediment is being dredged off the Somerset coast to help create the water cooling system of the £20 billion new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. Mr Deere-Jones argues that believes the soil is potentially more radioactive than reports from the government suggest, and is calling for the licence to dump the mud to be suspended until more research is undertaken.
Somerset County Gazette 26th Oct 2017 read more »
Tim’s petition on the Welsh Assembly website has nearly 7,000 signatures. Another by Sumofus has nearly 51,000. (see https://actions.sumofus.org/a/edf-toxic-waste-dump-cardiff/?akid=35784.12905894.eGwoRs&rd=1&source=fwd&t=11 )
Burnham-on-sea.com 27th Oct 2017 read more »