What’s described as an “alliance of campaigners” is today due to initiate legal action to try to stop 320,000 tonnes of allegedly radioactive mud being dumped just a mile off shore from Penarth.
As previously reported by PDN, the mud comes from the sea bed adjacent to the nuclear power station complex at Hinkley Point, Somerset where there are already two existing nuclear reactors with a third – Hinkley Point C – currently under construction by the French energy firm EDF.
The dredger Pagadder – which will be working with another dredger called Sloeber – are not yet in UK waters – indicating that although dredging was due to start tomorrow, it’ll be at least a few days before it begins
Nevertheless an official “Notice to Mariners” has been posted by sub-contractors to EDG Balfour Beatty warning other shipping that the mud dredging and dumping operations are due to begin:-
Because of the proximity of the offshore mud-dumping site to Cardiff Bay – the campaigners have adopted the name “Geiger Bay”.
The campaigners – who include the environmental body “Friends of the Earth” say “We’re taking on the energy giant EDF” – and have initiaed a “crowd-funding” appeal to help fund their legal expenses . This is on https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/legal-action-against-nuclear-mud-dump .
Adam Price (Plaid Cymru AM for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr ) was amongst the crowd of over 400 demonstrators who attended the protest at the Welsh Assembly on August Bank Holiday against the nuclear mud dumping.
Mr Price is one of the three AMs vying for the leadership of Plaid Cymru and is currently said to be in the lead. [The result of the contest will be announced at the end of the month
The Assembly’s so-called “Commissioner for Future Generations” – the unelected Labour Party stalwart Sophie Howe – who is supposed to be safeguarding Welsh children – has failed to make any comment.
The Welsh Labour Government is in favour of the nuclear mud dumping off Penarth . Not a single Labour MP nor a single Labour AM has raised any objections to the scheme.