CALLS to halt the dumping of dredged mud from near the Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset off the coast of Cardiff have been blocked. Campaigners have been lobbying for the licence granted to EDF Energy, which is building the power station, to dump 300,000 tonnes of mud to be suspended while more studies are carried out into whether or not it is safe. Some have raised concerns the mud may contain unsafe levels of radioactivity and had not been tested properly, but the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) have insisted it is safe. And, speaking as AMs voted 26 to 22 on Wednesday to throw out a motion presented by Plaid Cymru AM Rhun ap Iorwerth calling for the licence to be suspended while more studies are carried out, the Welsh Government’s energy, planning and rural affairs secretary Lesley Griffiths said she was concerned about “scaremongering and lies” spread by campaigners.
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The public needs reassurance over the ‘nuclear mud’ to be dumped from Hinkley Point after a move to suspend the dredging was rejected by the Welsh Assembly. Press Association reports Assembly Members voted down the motion by 26 votes to 22, despite some AMs saying more should be done to reassure the public that the sediment is safe. Campaigners have argued proper tests on the mud dredged from the nuclear plant near Bridgwater had not been carried out and it could pose a health risk to people living in South Wales. However, the Welsh Labour Government and its sponsored body Natural Resources Wales have denied the accusations, saying existing tests showed the mud is not harmful. Protesters took to the steps of the Senedd, home to the Welsh Assembly, in Cardiff on Wednesday evening to voice their objections to the “mud dump”. New Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price gave a speech to the crowd, criticising the decision to have sediment dredged from England and dumped in Wales.
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Last week Barry Town Council was united in calling for an end to dumping and further checks to be carried out. Plaid Cymru councillor Ian Johnson told The GEM: “Barry Town Council unanimously backed a motion calling for the mud dumping licence to be suspended, for further testing of the mud at Hinkley Point and a full environmental impact assessment upon Welsh waters and the Welsh coastline.
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