Campaigners opposed to the dumping of mud from the seabed near Hinkley Point C at a location near the Vale coast said this week they were planning a flotilla to blockade the disposal site. On Monday, September 17, the ‘Campaign Against Hinkley Mud Dumping’ sought an interim court injunction in Cardiff to halt the disposal operation which began on September 10. The judge said EDF, the owners of Hinkley, need to clarify whether dumping mud from near the nuclear plant is covered by an environmental impact assessment (EIA). The case was adjourned for seven days and although an injunction wasn’t granted this week campaigners said they remain hopeful. Assembly Member Neil McEvoy said campaigners want to organise a blockade of ‘Cardiff Grounds’ the site where the dredged material is being dumped. The ongoing controversy is a matter of concern for Vale groups, such as surf lifesaving clubs, who use the waters off the coast as part of their activities. The chairperson of Rhoose Surf Lifesaving Club, Denise Cooper, said the quality of local waters was a prime consideration of the club and it supported those questioning the decision to allow disposal to go ahead. She said: “The club has been patrolling and training at Fontygary Beach and Barry Island for many decades. “Throughout our history we have always supported initiatives to improve the quality of our coastal waters. “In the past we campaigned hard against sewage being released into the sea, canvassing our local councillors and MPs, which contributed towards a new sewage treatment system at Rhoose and Barry. “We recognise how important water quality is for the health and wellbeing of our membership who develop their lifesaving skills in the sea and to that of the wider general public. “The club is very concerned indeed when we read in the press of ‘radioactive nuclear sediment’ from Hinkley Power Station being dumped in the Bristol Channel waters near Cardiff and we would fully support further questions being asked of the appropriateness of the decision to do so.
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