At 15:29 yesterday afternoon (Thursday October 4th 2018 ) MV Sloeber – one of the green Belgian  mud hoppers of the EDF fleet –  leaves the Cardiff Grounds off Penarth after discharging another 2,000 tons of ‘nuclear mud’ from the nuclear power complex at Hinkley Point. It’s feared the mud may have been contaminated by discharges from the two old nuclear power stations on the Hinkley site . EDF does not have the required Environmental Impact Assessment to allow it to dump mud in Welsh waters but it continues to dump anyway.

Doing what the Labour-run Penarth Town Council had wimped-out of doing – Barry Town Council last night voted to put pressure on the Welsh Labour Government over the controversial dumping off Penarth of ‘nuclear mud’ from the Hinkley Point nuclear power complex in Somerset.

Barry Town Council last night voted unanimously  to call on the Welsh Labour Government to conduct further testing of dredged mud from the coastline adjacent to the Hinkley Point nuclear power complex.

Barry Town Council’s vote is in stark contrast to the pusillanimous Labour-controlled Penarth Town Council. On  Wednesday night Penarth Town Council had abruptly pulled the plug on a debate – and a vote –  which IT was due hold on the mud-dumping off Penarth.

The Penarth Town Council debate – due to have taken place this week –  had been set up back in September by the Deputy Mayor of Penarth Cllr Angela Thomas (Labour Plymouth Ward)

In September Penarth Deputy Mayor Cllr Angela Thomas went on Twitter to rally support for her proposed Penarth Town Council debate from two senior female Labour AMs. She didn’t get any

Cllr Angela Thomas (Labour Plymouth Ward)

On Twitter two weeks ago Cllr Thomas had gone as far as  to publicly appeal to Jane Hutt (Labour AM for the Vale of Glamorgan) and Julie Morgan (Labour AM for Cardiff North) to support her . …In the event neither of these socialist stalwarts did so.

Then its understood elements in the Labour Party – for fear of embarrassing the Welsh Labour Government – persuaded Cllr Thomas to “hold back” the debate, pending a vote in the Welsh Assembly on October 10th.

One source says it’s possible that pulling the strings behind the scenes was Penarth Town Council Leader Cllr Rhiannon Birch (Labour Cornerswell) and its éminence grise –  Deputy Leader Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) .

…A couple of weeks is a long time in Penarth politics. Under pressure, the Deputy Mayor Cllr Angela Thomas (Labour Plymouth Ward)  “reserves” [i.e. defers and probably cancels] the Hinkley mud debate that she had organised in Penarth Town Council for Wednesday this week. – Meanwhile Barry Town Council had no such inhibitions. Barry Council’s debate went ahead last night with an unanimous vote against the policy of the Welsh Labour Government

Cllr Angela Thomas has now gone on to Twitter again – this time  to defend her decision to “reserve” the motion on which she had called for a debate just a fortnight earlier.

However – as the Penarth Council is not due to meet again until  December 5th – and the mud dumping will be continuing day-after-day throughout that time – deferring the debate is totally pointless and renders a huge disservice to the people of Penarth who elected these councillors to represent them . It means that AMs –  voting on October 10th –  will not have received any input from Penarth Town Council.

Lesley Griffiths AM Local Government Minister for Wales

The original mud-dumping licence was granted by Lesley Griffiths the Welsh Labour Government’s “Environmental” minister .

Last night Barry Town Council also demanded that Natural Resources Wales should immediately suspend  the marine licence which allows the French energy company EDF to dump mud extracted from the shore of Hinkley Point in Somerset, in Welsh waters

Barry Council is also demanding that Natural Resources Wales should carry out a full Environmental Impact Assessment of the dumping ground called Cardiff Grounds just over a mile from Penarth.

Thanks to the pusillanimous Penarth Town Council, the views of Penarth residents will not be communicated to Assembly Members in advance of the October 10th Welsh Assembly Debate  – even though Penarth is the community that is nearest to the dumped mud

Meanwhile a “people’s fleet” is being organised to set up a marine blockade to try to keep the mud ships out of Penarth’s waters

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  1. Lesley says:

    I’m sure it will definitely be stopped now Barry Town Council are involved lol

    • Peter D says:

      No laughing matter really.

      • Ocobblepot says:

        Unless your a bit dim.

      • David Day says:

        No, probably not, but nobody seems at all interested in the science of the thing. Is there any evidence that the waste is producing radio-activity beyond occurs naturally and normally? Why doesn’t someone, maybe even someone on the town council, ask for the conclusions of the investigation that was presumably carried out for the assembly before Griffiths, the responsible minister, gave her permission?

      • Penarthur says:

        David, well clearly there isn’t any evidence, because this mud has been easily available for anti nuclear folk to sample and test for years.

        It’s just a farce.

  2. Scootergirl says:

    There’s no need to be facetious – at least they are trying. Well done to Barry Council. Come on Welsh Assembly, join forces and defeat this decision. And what is Alun Cairns doing towards this awful decision to dump that stuff on his own doorstep as well.

  3. john says:

    Actions speak louder than snide comments – well done Barry Council.
    Whether the dumping is stopped or not, people will have more respect for you than formother craven entities.

    And before anyone says it, of course this falls within the view of the local councils – seaside towns need their seafronts and any environmental or economic impact assessment would say ‘don’t dump 300000 tonnes of reactornsludge off the shoreline and expect tourists to come rolling in’.

    In Penarth we now need to decide how to remove all of the craven representatives who put career before care and party before community.

    • Anne Greagsby says:

      Penarth Town Council let us down again. How can they justify no discussion over one of the greatest scandals of our time. Dumping radio active mud on Penarths doorstep has been discussed on radio4 today programme, in the guardian, in every newspaper in Wales, thousands have signed petitions against it, yet Penarth Town council t it. Join us on Saturday morning 10am at Westhouse, Stanwell Rd to protest to the labour party Cllrs who turn up for a ‘surgery’ there.

      • Janet says:

        Will you be leaving Penarth Anne? Surely this mud has made living here too dangerous? As you have no connection to Penarth apart from washing up here a couple of years ago it is probably best, for your own safety, that you leave. If you decide to remain could you explain why you make that decision given the dangers of the mud? Thanks in advance.

    • snoggerdog says:

      well said ,john.

  4. Scootergirl says:

    Has anyone noticed yet that ‘LESLEY’ seems to have a lot of opinons to topics on PDN and is always very sarcastic. I would suggest Lesley that if you haven’t got anything constructive to say – don’t bother!

  5. Esarjay says:

    ….and so what? The Penarth voters are clearly happy with the Labour shower. Year after year after year after year of complete disregard for the voters yet Labour are elected at every opportunity.

  6. Go Penarth council!

  7. Taffy says:

    Apparently they took samples from the top layer only..
    As we all know that more controls have been imposed over past year’s about the waste products
    From nuclear power plants..
    The real question is whether they took samples from the lower levels.???
    Where there were none or very limited tests carried out….
    Perhaps Barry council has got it right .
    If it is not toxic waste why has it not been used for landfills.????

    • Ralph says:

      Because mud is not used in landfills.

      • Curt says:

        Why does anyone dump dredge mud “upriver” anyway? Looks to me like this new mud-bar will wash back to Hinkley in a few decades. What am I missing? {sorry for my ignorance – just heard of this today}

    • Penarthur says:

      Taffy. Their reports state that the deeper they went, the less radioactivity they found. Quite simple to deduce there’s no point in testing safe mud further back in time before any artificial radioactivity existed.

    • Jon says:

      It was sampled to 4.8 m depth, according to EDF’s website.

  8. Yotty says:

    I wonder what the reaction would be if someone with a boat collected a bucket full of the stuff and just left it with a suitable note on the steps of the Assembly

  9. Clive says:

    Penarth Town Council. The Pits. Do us all a big favour and vamoosh as soon as possible.

  10. Lesley says:

    Suddenly everyone is a scientist 😂🤣

  11. George says:

    Doesn’t matter even its not a danger, we don’t want it. End of. On the other hand if its is a danger they should be fined and made too collect it back again.

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