PENARTH Town Council has passed a motion in response to plans by EDF Energy to deposit 600,000 m3 of sediment in the Severn Estuary near Penarth Beach. The company, who are in pre-application discussions with Natural Resources Wales, previously dumped sediment there in 2018 as part of construction work for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in Somerset. Last month, EDF Energy submitted plans for sampling and testing the sediment at the Hinkley Point C site, which will need to be approved by NRW before a formal application to dump more material can be made. At a meeting on Thursday February 27, the Penarth Town Council voted to pass a motion which asks NRW and EDF to ‘improve’ on their engagement with the public. It said: “The council recognises the strong public concern and strength of feeling by Penarth residents over the safety of the sediment being dredged and transported from Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. “We ask NRW/EDF, as part of their six-week public consultation to improve on the previous public consultation, and ask for a more robust engagement with the public.” Plans by EDF to dump sediment in the sea near Penarth attracted opposition from local anti-nuclear groups in 2018, and a petition signed by over 7,000 people triggered a Senedd debate. However, the Welsh Government rejected calls to withdraw the Marine Licence which allowed EDF to dump the sediment. A public consultation on the new plan is currently being held until Wednesday March 18. The council motion asks EDF and Natural Resources Wales to take part in a public consultation event in Penarth, where residents can ask questions about the proposals and express their concerns. Both organizations are invited to deliver a presentation to Vale and Penarth town councillors.
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