Hinkley mud campaign

EdF, Electricite de France, wants to dredge 300,000 tons of radioactively contaminated sediment from Bridgewater Bay and then to dump the sediment off Cardiff Bay. The sediment contains everything that has come out of the outflow pipes over the last 50 years from the Hinkley Point A and B nuclear power stations.

The record of the Plenary Debate in the Welsh Assembly to discuss whether the licence to dump the 300,000 tonnes of radioactively contaminated sediment at the Cardiff Grounds marine “dispersal” site, located about 2 km off the Cardiff sea front, is available here.

Stop the dump Q & A Atal y Dymp C & A

EdF has brought all the lobbying power of the nuclear industry to Wales this winter, in order to win over Local Authorities, Health Boards, Welsh Government and the Welsh media. We are now appealing to members of the public to contact their Assembly Members and urge them NOT to succumb to slick PR from the only people who will benefit from the dump.

“We are concerned that, before issuing the licence, the Welsh Government failed to demand that the nuclear industry carry out formal site specific Environmental and Public Health Impact Assessments”, said Tim Deere-Jones, marine radiation consultant. “There is insufficient evidence about the potential health and environmental impacts to South Wales sea users and coastal populations to conclude that this proposal would be harmless. We need a postponement to ensure that all this basic evidence is collected”.

The Campaign, supported by a 7,000+ strong Petition to the Senedd (+ over 150,000 signatures to petitions by Sum-of-Us and Greenpeace), has posed 4 basic questions about the project:

1: What concentrations and types of man-made and natural radioactivity are present in the sediment?

2: Where would radioactively contaminated material end up after being dumped at the “dispersal” site?

3: What are the potential impacts on human and environmental health along the South Wales coast and the coastal zone

4: What benefit will accrue to Welsh people and the environment as a result of the proposed dump?

After several months of investigation of witnesses for and against the proposal, by the Welsh Assembly Petitions Committee, these simple questions remain unanswered by the Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales and the French nuclear developer of the Hinkley site.

We have also uncovered a significant scientific flaws and inadequacies in the official submissions to the Committee. Taken together these flaws mean that official statements about the fate of the radioactivity after it is dumped and the level of doses likely to be received by south Wales coastal populations and sea users are meaningless because the data is inadequate.

These flaws include: analysing for only one (gamma) of the 3 types of radioactivity (alpha, beta and gamma) expected to be present in the sediments, carrying out no investigation of the end fate or final destination of material dumped at Cardiff Grounds, carrying out no research on the current (pre-dump) levels of radioactivity along the Gwent and Glamorgan coast and none on the current (pre-dump) doses of man-made radioactivity received by south Wales populations. No information has been provided to show that the dump proposal will offer any benefits to the people and environment of Wales, although we do now know that EDF have not been asked to pay for their licence to dump.

Please contact your Assembly Members and let them know what you think !

Details of your local AMs can be found on the Assembly’s web site
senedd.assembly.wales/mgMemberIndex.aspx

Tim Deere-Jones’ research on the sediment, which was submitted to the Welsh Assembly’s Petitions Committee on 17th November 2017, is available here and his analysis of EdF’s radiological surveys here.