Today ( October 10th 2017) the Vale of Glamorgan Council is contacting all its neighbouring local authorities on both sides of the Bristol Channel to and is embarking on co-ordinated plan to stop 300,000 tonnes of radioactive mud from Hinkley Point, Somerset being dumped in the sea off Penarth .
Details of the scheme were first revealed by PDN in http://tinyurl.com/ycsths7m and http://tinyurl.com/y9kyyhyu
Today the Vale Council will also be contacting not only all its neighbouring local authorities about the contentious scheme but also the environmenal body Natural Resource Wales and the Welsh Labour Government Minister for the Environment
At a meeting of the Vale of Glamorgan Council cabinet yesterday (October 9th 2017) Cllr Geoffrey Cox – who has responsibility for Neighbourhood Services and Transport – delivered an internal report on the matter to the council’s cabinet recommending the council adopt a 6-point plan to oppose the scheme.
Cllr Cox said “There has been public concern expressed by individuals about the adequacy of the radiological assessment that was undertaken and the potential health implications of the proposed deposit of material.”
Cllr Cox also drew attention to the “open e-petition” to the Welsh Labour Government calling for the environmental watchdog Natural Resources Wales suspend the Licence granted by the Welsh Labour Government pending a full public inquiry.[ The petition is available on line on http://tinyurl.com/ybqnvaax and anyone can respond to it ]
Cllr Cox said that no material from Hinkley Point had yet been dumped at the so-called “Cardiff Grounds” site (in the Bristol Channel off Penarth). He also pointed out that a condition of the licence was that a further radiological assessment must be undertaken before this can happen.
Cllr Cox said the Vale Council has formally stated that it wants to be consulted on the details of the (new) radioactive dumping assessment before any actual dumping takes place. A reading of his full report – he told cabinet members – “indicates that this council certainly has concerns”.
Cllr Cox told members of the cabinet that if the recommendation in his report were accepted then today (Tuesday October 10th 2017) the Leader of the Council Cllr John Thomas would be contacting the Welsh Labour Minister for Environment and Rural Affairs ( Lesley Griffiths ) and to Natural Resources Wales “expressing this council’s concerns about the proposal to dispose of radioactive material at the Cardiff Grounds site”.
[PDN Note: Lesley Griffiths (whose name the Vale Council entertainingly mis-spells as “Leslie”) seemed, when questioned, to have trouble recalling the radioactive dredging licence and said “It was all a long time ago” . The licence was issued in 2014]
Cllr Cox – continuing the delivery of his report to the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s cabinet – said it was proposed to seek a meeting with Lesley Griffiths, and with the chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales plus the leaders of all the neighbouring authorities along the Severn Estuary to “express our concerns” .
Cllr Cox said his report had a total of six recommendations on the matter – all of which he recommended the cabinet should accept and put into action . The cabinet agreed all six recommendations. [detailed below]
The six steps listed amount to a cohesive plan by the now Conservative-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council to face down the Welsh Labour Government and force the Labour politicians to withdraw the damaging scheme.