Local people can have their say on plans to build a new sewage treatment plant at Hinkley Point C power station near Burnham-On-Sea which will see up to 1,150 cubic metres of treated sewage being pumped into the Severn Estuary every day.

The Environment Agency has received an application for a permit to discharge treated sewage effluent during the construction of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C.

The application has been made by NNB Generation Company (HPC) Limited, a subsidiary of EDF Energy. The company already has a number of environmental permits issued by the Environment Agency to operate the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station on the coast near Burnham.

The application is for the discharge of up to 1,150 cubic metres of treated effluent a day from a sewage treatment plant serving the campus construction welfare facilities that include toilets, wash basins, showers, a kitchen and a canteen, during the early stages of the construction at Hinkley Point C.

The application states that “Domestic sewage effluent will be treated via a new British Standard sewage treatment plant before being pumped to the Severn Estuary.”

“In order to minimise the impact on the receiving environment, the applicant proposes that the effluent will be subjected to disinfection by ultra violet irradiation before being discharged.”

The applicant is proposing to discharge the effluent via an existing submerged outlet location near the seaward end of the Hinkley Point C jetty (known as Outlet 12), pictured above.

People can view the permit application and submit comments here. Comments can be made by email to psc-waterquality@environment-agency.gov.uk or by post, quoting application number EPR/XP3321GD/A001, by 5pm on 5 September 2018, to: P&SC – WQ Team, Quadrant 2, 99 Parkway Avenue, Sheffield, S9 4WF.