sign petitions to stop 'radioactive' mud being dumped in channel
60,000 people have signed two petitions calling for the suspension
of a licence that will allow 300,000 tonnes of mud from Hinkley
Point A and B nuclear power stations to be dumped off the Welsh
Energy has a licence that allows it to dump up to 200,000 cubic
metres of dredged material from the Hinkley A and B nuclear sites
in an area of the Bristol Channel known as Cardiff Grounds, near
firm has said that it needs to carry out the dredging to build the
new Hinkley Point C station and it adds that the dredging "poses
no threat to human health or the environment."
of the petitions was started on September 26th by Tim Deere-Jones,
who has been analysing test data about the material which could
be dumped off the coast of Wales.
petition on the Welsh
National Assemblys website has attracted 6,944 signatures.
states "the environmental and human health (dose) risks from
the proposed disposal have not been adequately researched and any
conclusions based on the current incomplete data, are unreliable."
adds: "While sedimentary radioactive material is initially
likely to disperse, studies prove that it later re-concentrates
in coastal and estuarine mudflats and saltmarshes, and is also available
for sea-to-land transfer during onshore winds and coastal flooding.
We note the absence of research on the fate of such radioactivity
in South Wales inshore waters."
separate petition on the website sumofus.org here
has received 50,940 signatures, bringing the total to almost 58,000.
says: "We cant let big corporations get away with polluting
our waters to cut costs - its up to us to fight back. There
are 50 different harmful radionuclides, but testing only took place
for three of these."
more, only surface samples were taken - meaning that the actual
radioactivity of the waste could be five times higher than claimed."
licence was granted in 2013 to dump the waste in the Bristol Channel
as part of the huge multi-billion pound nuclear power station project.
area being dredged is close to the current Hinkley Point A nuclear
power station near Burnham-On-Sea, which was decommissioned in 2000
after 35 years of use.
it goes ahead, the waste would be dumped at Cardiff Grounds, an
area in the Bristol Channel which runs parallel to the coast around
1.2 miles out at sea.
EDF Energy spokesman said this week: "We will be dredging sediment
from the seabed off the Hinkley Point C site ahead of drilling six
vertical shafts for the cooling water system for the new nuclear
consulted a number of stakeholders, some for more than 12 months,
before making an application to the Welsh Government Marine Consents
Unit for a Marine Licence to deposit this material at the Cardiff
Grounds licensed disposal site."
have undertaken a number of assessments as part of this application
which concluded the activities pose no threat to human health or
activities on our sites are strictly controlled and regulated by
a number of statutory bodies to ensure the environment and public