Marine and conservation groups say up to half a million fish will be sucked into Hinkley Point C every day if a new “giant plughole” is installed. EDF, the firm behind the £20 billion nuclear power plant near Bridgwater, has applied for permission to change the design of its cooling system which will draw water directly from Bristol Channel. The water, which will be used to help cool the plant, will then be returned to the Bristol Channel. This will also include a ‘Fish Return System’. Construction on two intake 3.3km tunnels in the seabed, both large enough to drive a double-decker bus through, has already started. Environmental organisations including the Angling Trust, Blue Marine Foundation, Bristol Channel Federation of Sea Anglers, Severn Rivers Trust, Somerset Wildlife Trust and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust have issued a joint statement about the plans. EDF has questioned the groups’ figures and believe that an estimated 650,000 fish will die every YEAR.
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