There are “alarming deficiencies” in the UK’s approach to assessing impacts of plans to expand its nuclear power programme on Ireland, according to the Irish Environmental Pillar (EP). In addition, particular risks associated with the Hinkley Point C power station being built in Somerset have not been properly evaluated, it claims. The £20 billion Hinkley Point C facility, the first British nuclear power station to be built in 30 years, is less than 250km from Rosslare, Co Wexford. It is one of five new nuclear plants planned for locations on the west coast of the UK facing Ireland. The shortcomings in the Hinkley project and lack of State input into “a long overdue public consultation process” is highlighted by a submission by the EP – a coalition of major Irish environmental organisations. After a five-year legal battle, consultation began on February 20th with submissions collected by the Government – they will be submitted to the UK authorities. It concluded on April 17th amid continuing controversy over further consultations on the UK’s nuclear programme relating to radioactive waste which have not been notified to the Irish public. The EP welcomed confirmation that the Oireachtas committee on planning would have a hearing on the issue.
Irish Times 22nd April 2018 read more »
Controversial plans to dredge mud from near the Hinkley Point nuclear site in Somerset and dump it off Cardiff Bay are to be debated in the Senedd. The Assembly’s Petitions Committee has been taking evidence on the issue and has requested the debate for all AMs. Campaigners want the work postponed until further tests are carried out on the sediment. The developer EDF said independent testing had shown the mud posed no risk to human health or the environment. Environment watchdog Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has also insisted that it is “safe for disposal”. Approximately 300,000 tonnes of sediment needs to be dredged from alongside the Hinkley Point C construction site in Somerset so the new nuclear power station’s water cooling system can be fitted.
BBC 23rd April 2018 read more »