Point C nuclear plant mud monitoring plan backed
final obstacle to plans to dispose of mud and sediment off Cardiff
Bay from Hinkley Point power station near Burnham-On-Sea has been
overcome this week.
of tonnes of material needs to be dredged from the Hinkley Point
C building site, but there has been opposition from campaigners.
week, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has now approved the monitoring
confident the proposed activity will not harm people or the environment
and the material is suitable for disposal," said a NRW spokesman.
developer wants to move 300,000 tonnes of mud across the Bristol
Channel to the Cardiff Grounds, a little over a mile out to sea
from Cardiff Bay.
campaigners claimed the mud could be contaminated with nuclear waste
from the old Hinkley nuclear stations near Burnham.
have also alleged that testing of samples has been inadequate and
there is insufficient evidence about how sea currents will move
the sediment after it has been dumped.
Wheadon, NRW permitting services manager, said: "We make sure
activities like these do not harm marine environments, which are
home to valuable wildlife and habitats and very important to our
well-being and economy."
know this is a matter of great concern for many people, but want
to reassure them that every element of the application was considered
body has published a plan on how surveys of the disposal site will
take place and how it will be monitored. The work will be carried
out by NNB GenCo, which was given a marine licence by NRW for the
disposal of dredged material in 2014.
from the proposed dredge site have previously been analysed by independent
experts and NRW said these were found to be within acceptable limits.
developers claimed that even if a person spent four hours each day
on the shoreline, ate fish sourced from the area and inhaled any
sediment on the shore, 90% of the radiation they would receive would
be naturally occurring.