The approach taken to a controversial marine licence application would “probably be very different” were it received today, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has said. Developers are due to dump 300,000 tonnes of mud, dredged from alongside the Hinkley Point C nuclear power site in Somerset, off Cardiff Bay. But campaigners want more tests and for the licence to be suspended. NRW said with a similar application, it might give people extra reassurance. Cefas, the UK Government agency which carried out the initial tests, said it was “very happy” with the advice it had provided to NRW. Both organisations were giving evidence to an Assembly committee considering a petition of more than 7,000 signatures calling on the Welsh Government to intervene. Campaigners fear the mud could have become contaminated by discharges from the former Hinkley Point A and B nuclear reactors.
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SEDGEMOOR District Council members have been given a preview of the new purpose-built accommodation units which are being constructed by EDF Energy to house 1,500 workers for the Hinkley Point C project. Councillors, including chairman Mike Cresswell, were given a guided tour of both Sedgemoor Campus, off Bath Road, in Bridgwater and Hinkley Campus at the site of the new nuclear power station near Stogursey. The first workers are expected to move in this summer. David Eccles, EDF Energy’s Head of Stakeholder Engagement for Hinkley Point C, said: “Hinkley Point C is already providing huge opportunities for the local area and the project will inject £200 million annually into the regional economy.
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