The start-up of the UK’s first European pressurised reactor (EPR) at Hinkley Point C in 2025 is feasible, the CEO of the French nuclear group Framatome said on Thursday. “For us, the 2025 start-up is realistic. We have started the production of the equipment and it is progressing well,” Bernard Fontana told Montel on the sidelines of a nuclear conference in London.
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Two Hinkley C workers lose site passes over flagrant ‘fly-parking’. EDF says it has managed to significantly reduce the number of complaints after clamping down on Hinkley C employees ‘fly-parking’ in Bridgwater and the surrounding area.
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Anti-nuclear activists have said they plan to challenge the decision to allow over 300,000 tonnes of mud from Hinkley Point C to be deposited in ‘Cardiff Grounds’ an area of water off the coast north-east of Penarth. Natural Resources Wales, which gave the operation the green light, said the application for disposal had been thoroughly examined and was safe. The Welsh Government also said “…the material is within safe limits, poses no radiological risk to human health or the environment…” But assurances have not placated campaigners who recently gathered at the Senedd in Cardiff demanding that the dredging operation should not go ahead. Neil McEvoy, the AM for South Wales Central, said: “I’m concerned because I do not believe enough testing has been done.
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What’s described as an “alliance of campaigners” is today due to initiate legal action to try to stop 320,000 tonnes of allegedly radioactive mud being dumped just a mile off shore from Penarth. As previously reported by PDN, the mud comes from the sea bed adjacent to the nuclear power station complex at Hinkley Point, Somerset where there are already two existing nuclear reactors with a third – Hinkley Point C – currently under construction by the French energy firm EDF. The dredger Pagadder – which will be working with another dredger called Sloeber – are not yet in UK waters – indicating that although dredging was due to start tomorrow, it’ll be at least a few days before it begins. Nevertheless an official “Notice to Mariners” has been posted by sub-contractors to EDG Balfour Beatty warning other shipping that the mud dredging and dumping operations are due to begin.
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