The Vale of Glamorgan Council is to be formally asked to state its current policy this week on the allegedly radioactive mud which is being dredged offshore at the Hinkley Point nuclear complex in Somerset, and dumped in the sea off Penarth. The hearing of a legal injunction to stop the mud-dumping operations is due to resume in Cardiff Civil Justice Centre although appears not to be on the list of hearings for today. Meanwhile in the full Vale of Glamorgan Council meeting on Wednesday this week (September 26th 2018) , Cllr Nic Hodges (Plaid Cymru) is to ask the cabinet member for neighbourhood services Cllr Geoff Cox the following question:- “What is this Council’s position on the release in the Severn Channel, only a few miles from our coastline, of mud taken from the immediate vicinity of Hinkley Point nuclear power station?” Cllr Hodges officiated at the public protest on August Bank Holiday outside the Welsh Assembly – which was attended by more than 300 people from all political parties. Meanwhile the Welsh Labour Government’s so-called Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths – who approved the mud dumping scheme – is being sent a letter of protest bearing 120,000 signatures by Neil McEvoy (Independent AM for South Wales Central which includes Penarth)
Penarth News 24th Sept 2018 read more »
You wouldn’t think that mud could ever be the subject of a campaign involving hundreds of people. It is in Cardiff, where it has not only mobilised protesters but has also led to a High Court hearing and more than 100,000 people signing petitions. And now a sea battle looms over the issue. French energy firm EDF is involved in construction of the new £19.6 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, on the English side of the Bristol Channel. The station’s cooling system will involve driving three tunnels beneath the seabed more than 3km out into the channel. EDF wants to dredge up 300,000 tons of mud from the seabed near Hinkley Point as part of the development, take the mud by barge over to the Welsh side of the channel and dump it in an area of the estuary known as Cardiff Grounds, a mile or so off Cardiff. The first few thousand tons were dumped last week. The problem is that the mud is being dredged from an area which is close to Hinkley A and B nuclear power stations. Hinkley A has been decommissioned. Hinkley B was due to be decommissioned in 2016, but EDF extended its life by seven years to 2023. The issue is whether the mud’s proximity to the two power stations has led to any radioactive contamination. EDF says it’s safe. The campaigners say there’s no evidence of that. The EDF dumping plan prompted the formation of the Campaign Against Hinkley Mud Dumping, whose protests have attracted hundreds of supporters. They argue that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the mud did not sufficiently deal with the possibility of radioactive contamination. EDF says the assessment was carried out by the book. This week the campaigners took their objections to the High Court seeking an injunction to halt the dumping.
Morning Star 24th Sept 2018 read more »
World’s largest crane readies for Hinkley Point. Belgian firm Sarens is set to unveil what it claims is the world’s largest crane, the SGC 250, in Ghent this November ahead of its use at the new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
Construction Manager 25th Sept 2018 read more »