VALE FIGHTS LABOUR PLAN TO DUMP 300,000 TONNES OF RADIOACTIVE MUD OFF PENARTH

The three Hinkley Point nuclear reactors on the Somerset Coast – as seen from Penarth. . The Conservative Vale of Glamorgan Council is fighting a Welsh Labour Government-approved scheme to dump 300,000 tonnes of radioactive mud from Hinkley Point in the sea off Penarth

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

Cllr Geoffrey Cox has cabinet responsibility for Neighbourhood Services and Transport.

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 ]

The Cardiff Grounds – where 300,000 tonnes if radioactive mud from Hinkley Point is to be dumped

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”.

When initially raised, the Welsh Labour Government’s Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths appeared to know little about the radioactive dumping scheme  “It was all a long time ago” she said. In fact the scheme is just about to begin unless it can be stopped in its tracks by the Conservative Vale of Glamorgan Council and its neighbouring authorities.

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”    .

Jack-up platforms working to build a new jetty off Hinkley Point. The 300,000 tonnes of radioactive mud is to be dredged from Hinkley Point and then  dumped in the sea off Penarth

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 Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet agreed all six of the following proposals to oppose the Welsh Labour Government’s licence to allow radioactive dumping off Penarth

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.

 

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16 Responses to VALE FIGHTS LABOUR PLAN TO DUMP 300,000 TONNES OF RADIOACTIVE MUD OFF PENARTH

  1. Tom says:

    Why is (English) radioactive waste being dumped off Penarth?
    Is the Welsh “Government” getting money for this?
    Why would they possibly agree to such a thing?
    How has this been allowed to happen?
    I can’t get over it- if this website hadn’t raised this, would we not have known?
    What the hell are they playing at?

  2. Chris David says:

    Spot on Tom- all a bit secretive- or vague in the case of Griffiths! and suspect. I do hope the VoG et al can stop this. I’ve signed the petition and advertised it. It would be nice if we could see a few of PDN’s posters sign and confirm they’ve done so. Even under their own names maybe!!

  3. Mike Baker says:

    Are we the Welsh being treated as a soft touch by those making these decisions, and why must we endure the possible future health issues created by the dumping of radioactive waste off the Penarth/Cardiff coastline. It appears that no-one has properly thought about the implications of this decision. Is it safe? I don’t think so. I agree with Tom above and will support Penarth Council in their fight to oppose this

    • Rev'd Geraint ap Iorwerth says:

      We went through a similar process in the Dyfi Valley in the late seventies – Whitehall wanted an area of ‘low political awareness’ to dump nuclear waste – 90% of the community got involved and took on the government of the day – WE WON.

  4. snoggerdog says:

    the english are offering us welsh radioactive mud ?bet theres a catch!

  5. Chris David says:

    I’m heartened you’re behind this Mike, Lucie, Tom. I’m also disappointed so few- here anyway are getting behind the opposition. Talk about parking or the Welsh language and all hell lets loose. Talk about poisoning us, our children and our fellow creatures and hardly a murmur!

  6. Tim Hughes says:

    Mud from the Severn Estuary is being dredged for some construction works and is being dumped in an area that looks as if it is designated for soil dumping. All very suspicious.
    Meanwhile a short distance away a £20bn, 3.2Gigawatt nuclear powerstation, in the direct line of the prevailing wind to Penarth, is being constructed.

    • Rev'd Geraint ap Iorwerth says:

      OUR ANTI-NUCLEAR DUMPING CAMPAIGN IN THE DYFI VALLEY IN THE SEVENTIES TAUGHT US ‘ORDINARY PEOPLE’ SO MUCH ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT’S ‘DIRTY TRICKS’ AS WELL AS ITS NAIVETY AT TIMES – M.A.D.R.Y.N. WON IN THE END BECAUSE LOCAL PEOPLE WOULD NOT GIVE UP – HAPPY TO SHARE MORE THOUGHTS AND LESSONS LEARNT.

  7. Max Wallis says:

    The papers to Cabinet showed the “Radiological Assessment..” of 2013 used Guidelines that were superseded in 2015. And wrongly assessed the dumping as to the sea – wrong for an estuary and certainly wrong for the Severn Estuary with flushing times of months.

    The Guidelines specify** a specific assessment where
    marine environmental exposure pathways to humans and those relevant for marine flora and fauna were either: # Not considered by the national radiation protection authority or…..

    The “Radiological Assessment..” considered only exposure to the workers on the dredgers and barges, nothing on impacts on Severn wildlife and indirectly on humans. The Vale Cabinet didn’t appreciate the trick that officials played on us in approving the dumping in 2014. Nevertheless, Friends of the Earth Barry&Vale welcome the political initiative mounted by the Council leader.

    **http://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/Environment/LCLP/Publications/wag/Documents/2015%20updated%20de%20minimis%20guidelines.pdf

  8. Forty two says:

    IMO, This is all a bit academic. Nuclear power stations should not be built unless the waste is neutralized. it cannot be at the moment and by dumping it in the sea the owners hope to hide the awful problem of disintegrating atoms. We are warned about Radon gas in our homes but this practice is much more horrifying. How many cancers and painful deaths and mutations are being caused? It has been said in PDN (I think!) that the mud in the Bristol Channel is not washed out to the Atlantic Ocean ( a bigger cesspool!) but is sloshed backwards and forwards by the tides. Perhaps some “expert” can tell us what happens to the sea molecules and the creatures in the mud which fish eat and we may do eventually? We can do without atom smashing until we can neutralise the broken ones or else fuse them together. Anyway ,wind, river and wave power is getting cheaper and more efficient and by the time this monstrosity is built, will provide safer and reliable energy without these unknown risks.

    • Rev'd Geraint ap Iorwerth says:

      ECHOES HERE OF THE ARCHEOLOGY ‘EXPERTS’ WITH OUR ANTI-NUCLEAR DUMPING CAMPAIGN IN THE DYFI VALLEY IN THE SEVENTIES – NON-VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION INVOLVED EVERY AGE-GROUP, GENDER, POLITICAL PERSUASIONS ETC – YES, WE TOOK ON THE GOVERNMENT AND WON – AND THAT’S BEFORE WE HAD AN ASSEMBLY … LET’S SHOW UP THE DECISION MAKERS IN THE BAY FOR WHAT THEY ARE …

  9. cogan nomen says:

    This mud has not caused death over Watchet way .
    I don’t think that it will over here .

  10. Chris David says:

    Death! to what / whom? Explain. You go watchet. we’ll; avoid it 🙂

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