councillors express fears over Hinkley sea discharge plans
councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed concern
over plans for liquid effluent to be discharged into the Bristol
Channel from the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
raised a number of issues during a meeting where they assessed
proposals from NNB Generation Company for an environmental
permit to discharge cooling water and liquid effluent into the
Louise Parkin said: "Burnham is a tourist resort and cannot
afford to have any effluent washed up on its beaches."
need an expert to assess this application in detail on our behalf.
The importance of the coastline in Burnham, Brean and Berrow cannot
be emphasized enough."
Bill Hancock said: "We should definitely raise our concerns
regarding this application. It could be a huge issue in years
Paul Young agreed, saying: "We need solid assurances that
there will be no detrimental impact on the town in the future."
Shaw, Council Clerk for Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, is
to seek expert help on assessing the application by NNB, a joint
venture firm between EDF Energy and Centrica.
source of the discharge includes cooling water from the operation
of turbine condensers at the planned power station and process
effluents from water treatment. NNB says there would not be any
The Environment Agency is currently inviting comments on the
application during a formal consultation period on the plans,
which runs until December 15th.
Payne, spokesman for the Environment Agency, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We welcome peoples views on this application and will
carefully consider their comments before we progress to the next
stage of our decision making process."
"This application relates to the discharge of cooling water
and process effluent during operation of the power station. Our
next stage will be to conduct a further consultation on our draft
decision for this application when members of the public will
have another opportunity to provide us with comments."
Mr Payne added: "The Environment Agency is already consulting
on two other applications for environmental permits that would
be required to operate the proposed station; one relating to discharges
and disposals of radioactive waste, and the other for standby
power supplies. We will also conduct further consultations on
these two operational applications in 2012."
Comments on the proposals can be sent to The Environment Agency,
Permitting Support Centre, PO Box 4404, Sheffield, S9 4WF or by
email to NNB@environment-agency.gov.uk and quote the application