Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has started discussions with EDF Energy about a new marine licence application to dispose of dredged material from the Bristol Channel into a disposal site off the coast of Cardiff, South Wales. EDF has submitted its plan to NRW for the sampling and testing of the sediment from the construction site of the Hinkley Point C power station off the Somerset coast in England. NRW’s role is to determine whether the sediment, up to 600,000 m3, is suitable for disposal at sea, but will first assess the suitability of the sample plan to inform any future licence application for its disposal in Wales.
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Vast amounts of more nuclear power station mud to be dumped off Cardiff. There are plans to dump 780,000 tonnes of sludge critics fear is radioactive off Cardiff Bay. Plans for more mud from the Hinkley Point nuclear power station to be dumped off the Welsh coast have been revealed. Sediment from waters around the old Somerset reactors were previously dumped in the Severn Estuary off Cardiff in 2018 after strong opposition and legal challenges. EDF Energy now wants to deposit another 780,000 tonnes of sludge as part of building work for the new £22bn Hinkley Point C reactor and have submitted a plan to Natural Resources Wales. There will be a six-week consultation over the proposal for Cardiff Grounds, which is two-and-a-half miles out to sea. Under the plans the dumping would start next year, in 2021. Tim Deere-Jones, of the Stop the Dump campaign, said he had urged the Welsh Government to carry out radioactivity measurements along the Welsh shoreline before and after the initial dumping of Hinkley mud in 2018. But he said their refusal had “left coastal communities in a position of complete ignorance about the impacts of the dump”.
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Environment watchdog Natural Resources Wales (NRW) says it has received another application. EDF Energy wants to deposit up to 780,000 tonnes of sediment dredged as part of building work for the Hinkley Point C plant. The developers have submitted a plan to NRW for sampling and testing the mud, which will now be subject to a six-week consultation with specialists and the public. Tim Deere-Jones, of the Stop the Dump campaign, said he had urged the Welsh Government to carry out radioactivity measurements along the Welsh shoreline before and after the initial dumping of Hinkley mud in 2018. But he said their refusal had “left coastal communities in a position of complete ignorance about the impacts of the dump”. A public outcry over the original mud dumping led to protests and a petition signed by over 7,000 people – which swelled to six figures online – triggering a full Senedd debate. BBC Wales has been told it involved 120,000 tonnes of mud, although permission was granted for 300,000.
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The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) is concerned of a new application to dump over 780,000 tonnes of material from the Hinkley Point site into the Bristol Channel at a site close to Cardiff Bay – the Cardiff Deep Grounds. The previous dumping of material led to a wide-scale campaign, which included the NFLA, leading to committee hearings and a frustrating debate in the Senedd, as it became clear that a wide range of Welsh Assembly Members were concerned over the dumping of sediment and material from the Hinkley site, which contains low levels of radiation. Despite much public concern, the dumping went ahead. This new request from EDF Energy to Natural Resources Wales is for substantially more material to be dumped off the south Wales coast.
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