The French energy firm EDF has announced that it is to start dumping 320,000 tonnes of allegedly radioactive mud from the Hinkley Point nuclear complex just a mile off Penarth next Thursday – (September 6th 2018) .
There’s so much mud to get rid of, it will take “ three to six months” to complete this phase of the dumping operation.
However now the firm has also revealed – for the first time – that there will be yet more mud to come after that.
After the initial 320,000 tonnes of mud from the Hinkley Point nculear complex has been dumped off Penarth – “some additional dredging will be needed in 2020 to complete the work” – meaning that yet more mud – thousands of tonnes of it – will be dumped off Penarth in 2020 in addition to the dumping due to start next month.
EDF claim the mud is “a standard material that we find flowing up and down the4 Bristol Channel on a daily basis” and claim that it is not radioactive as defined by UK Law.
The Welsh Labour Government body which issued the original licence to allow mud from the Hinkley Point nuclear complex to be dumped just a mile offshore from Penarth is Natural Resources Wales acting under the direction of Welsh Labour politicians.
The ADDITIONAL mud from Hinkley Point would also be dumped in the Cardiff Grounds dredge site – off Penarth – but Natural Resources Wales says that EDF would need a NEW licence to do this in 2020.
However PDN sources say that, as the Welsh Labour Government has already agreed to the current mud-dumping programme, it has set a precedent which now makes it difficult to refuse to issue a further dumping licence in 2020.