Call for public inquiry into Hinkley C plan to dump silt into Bristol Channel. EDF Energy wants to deposit nearly 300,000 cubic metres of sediment as part of works to install water cooling tunnels under the channel. Council bosses are calling for a public inquiry to be held into plans by Hinkley Point C Power Station to dump hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sediment into the Bristol Channel. EDF Energy wants to deposit nearly 300,000 cubic metres of sediment as part of works to install water cooling tunnels under the channel. It is considering two locations – Cardiff Grounds, two miles off the coast from the Welsh capital, and a private disposal site off Portishead on the English side of the water. The disposal site is close to Portbury Wharf Salt Marsh – a Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of the Severn Estuary Special Protection Area. The South Wales site is the closest to EDF’s offshore dredging operations, the company said, but it is understood the Portishead site would also have enough capacity for the disposal of the sediment – although it is further away. The Bridgwater-based nuclear plant has made an application to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) for a licence to dredge and dump the sediment. A public consultation on the application ended last month. However North Somerset Council – and Portishead Town Council – is opposing the plans and has now asked the MMO to refer the application to DEFRA for a decision and to set up a public inquiry.
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