PUBLIC consultation has started surrounding Hinkley Point C and the use of Cardiff Grounds. Today marks the start of the public consultation for EDF’s application to dredge and dispose at the Portishead site, which is being conducted by the Marine Management Organisation. Hinkley Point C is making applications to Natural Resources Wales for the use of the Cardiff Grounds licensed disposal site and to the Marine Management Organisation for the use of the Portishead licensed disposal site. The decision on which site will be used will be made at a later date, depending on regulatory approval and project schedule. For this second phase of dredging, the UK Government marine scientific agency (CEFAS) went further than before, testing the mud beyond internationally recognised best practice, with more samples at greater depth and with a greater range of analysis – including tests for pure alpha emitting particles and tritium. The results confirm previous analysis that the mud is perfectly safe for disposal at sea and poses no risk to humans or the environment.
Penarth Times 12th Feb 2021 read more »
Hinkley Point power station mud dumping ‘poses no risk’ to humans or environment, new research finds. Environmental campaigners in Wales previously voiced concerns that mud dumped by the power plant, based near Bridgwater in Somerset, could be contaminated with nuclear waste. In 2018 an online petition attracted hundreds of thousands of signatures and prompted a full debate in Wales’ Senedd. But the claims were dismissed by the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales, the body EDF is making its application to for the Cardiff Grounds licensed disposal site. Both said the sediment was no different to elsewhere in the channel and posed no threat to people or the environment.
Bristol Post 12th Feb 2021 read more »
In 2013 Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station was granted a Development Consent Order (DCO) by the Secretary of State for Department of Energy and Climate Change. Subsequently, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) granted a marine licence (ref L/2013/00178/6) on 7 June 2013 for activities within the DCO for which the MMO are the regulatory and enforcement body. These are those activities which fall below Mean High Water Springs. Between 2013 and 2020 there have been five variations to this marine licence. On 11 December 2020, MMO received a new variation request from the licence holder ‘EDF Energy PLC’. This request seeks to vary the construction methodology of activities below MHWS following confirmation of the detailed design. This includes; maintenance dredge volumes at the intake and outfall locations located approximately 1km-3km from HPC in Bridgewater Bay to be increased to 185,000m3; drilling of vertical shafts methodology updated; disposal of drill arisings methodology updated; installation of offshore intake/outfall heads methodology updated the inclusion of new temporary structures to support the construction of the cooling water infrastructure, including Handling Alignment Frames and Jack up Vessels; and an option for dredged material to be disposed of at the existing Portishead disposal site in the Bristol Channel. Public consultation on the proposed variation commenced on 12 February 2021. Anyone wishing to make a representation can do so via the public register quoting reference L/2013/00178/6. The deadline for consultation responses is 5pm 26 March 2021.
Marine Management Organisation 12th Feb 2021 read more »