Campaigners against plans to dump mud from the construction of the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station into the sea off Cardiff Bay say a ground-breaking legal decision in Japan highlights the potential risk to public health and wildlife posed by the proposal. In February environment watchdog Natural Resources Wales confirmed they had received an application from EDF Energy, who want to dump 800,0000 tonnes of sediment dredged as part of building work for the new plant at Hinkley Point, the site of the disused Hinkley Point A facility. Two years ago, EDF were given the green light to dump 300,000 tonnes of mud off the Cardiff coast. The Hiroshima District Court last week recognised the health effects of radioactive fallout with a ruling that gave “hibakusha” (survivor) status to 84 people who, as children, had been affected by inhaling and ingesting radioactive particles in the “Black Rain” from the nuclear bomb the USA dropped on Hiroshima 75 years ago. The Japanese government is reportedly set to appeal against the decision, which would extend state health care benefits to people who were outside the zone currently recognised by the government.
Nation Cymru 17th Aug 2020 read more »