Developers must clarify whether dumping mud from near a nuclear plant is covered by an environmental impact assessment (EIA), a judge has said. Judge Milwyn Jarman said EDF’s evidence was “not accurate on a very important point” on whether material dredged from the seabed near Hinkley Point C site in Somerset was included in the EIA. Campaigners want an injunction to halt the dumping that began last week. A High Court hearing in Cardiff has been adjourned for seven days. About 300,000 tonnes is to be dredged from the seabed near the building site and deposited in the Cardiff Grounds, a mile off the coast of the Welsh capital. Energy firm EDF, which is behind the £19.6bn plan to build the nuclear plant, argued the mud dump was addressed in a main environment statement that formed part of the main planning application for Hinkley Point C and was approved by the UK Government. But the judge said that was not clear from a witness statement the company had submitted to court. The firm’s barrister James McClelland accepted the wording could have been made clearer. Legal action is being brought by the Campaign Against Hinkley Mud Dumping, which includes Super Furry Animals keyboard player Cian Ciaran. Campaigners asked for a temporary injunction to be imposed until the next hearing, but the request was turned down. Neil McEvoy AM said campaigners were planning to organise a blockade in an effort to halt the dumping.
BBC 17th Sept 2018 read more »
Hundreds of campaigners gathered outside the Civil Justice Courts in Cardiff today to press for a legal injunction to halt the dumping of allegedly radioactive mud in the sea off Penarth. The mud is being dredged from the shores adjacent to the Hinkley Point Nuclear power complex on the Somerset Coast and is being bropughjt across the channel by hopper to be dumped on the Cardiff Grounds – just a mile off shore from Penarth. More than 200 demonstrators gathered outside the Cardiff Civil Justice Courts this morning support an application by the Campaign Against Hinkley Mud Dumping to stop 320,000 tonnes of Hinkley Mud being dumped in the sea off Penarth. This afternoon Penarth AM Neil McEvoy said that “Defence” (i.e. the Welsh Labour Government) wants to “adjourn for a week to get their statement in order. They want to continue for a week with the dumping.”. There was also an issue regarding faulty paperwork submitted by Welsh Labour Government being deficient. Later Neil McEvoy added “They file wrongly and they are allowed to continue dumping in the meantime. Interim injunction not granted.”
Penarth News 17th Sept 2018 read more »
NFLA and KIMO call for halt in dredging of mud from the Hinkley Point site and an independent re-evaluation of the technical and scientific issues with the material, and consider raising concerns with the OSPAR Commission.
KIMO International 17th Sept 2018 read more »